Police are looking for witnesses in tracing robbers who stole cash from two elderly sisters after forcing entry into their home at night.

The women, in their 80s, were pushed down into seats and guarded by one man while two other males rifled through drawers and a wardrobe at the property in Pooltown Road, Ellesmere Port, between 8pm and 8.30pm on Friday.

The women were unharmed but left ‘very shaken’  following what police have described as a 'dreadful experience' in which an unknown quantity of cash was stolen. It is believed the men broke in by forcing a window and climbing inside.

Detectives have interviewed the sisters along with neighbours during door-to-door enquiries. A  forensic examination has also been conducted at their home. CCTV footage from local shops will be reviewed.

Detective Constable Mike Beamish said: “It is an awful offence. The women were in their own home minding their own business when the three men entered. They were very shaken up but are in good spirits all things considered.

“We have been with them today gathering evidence.”

DC Beamish, who said one of the sisters rang 999, added: “We are seeking any witnesses, anyone who was in the area of Pooltown Road who saw anyone acting suspiciously between 8-8.30pm on Friday or anyone with any information whatsoever is asked to get in touch with ourselves or through Crimestoppers.”

The women say the men were wearing hats and only saw ‘fleeting glimpses’ of their faces. No weapons were used.

Witnesses can ring 01606 365591, quoting incident number 892 of February 21, or alternatively  call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.