Burglars stole thousands of pounds of property while a couple were upstairs bathing their children.

Among the items taken was a rare Nelson Mandela commemorative coin during the break-in in Chorley last month.

The burglary took place around 5.15pm on New Year’s Day at a house in Carr Lane whilst the occupants were upstairs bathing their children.

The offenders gained access through a closed but unlocked rear door and searched the property before leaving with various items of stolen property.

Items stolen included a limited edition Nelson Mandela commemorative coin in a green felt pouch, three laptops including a new pink ASUS one, a Samsung video camera, a Sony projector and Armani wristwatch.

Sergeant Paul Bamber from the Chorley burglary team said: “This burglary was committed by an opportunist thief whilst the family were upstairs.

“I urge anyone with any knowledge of who is responsible or anybody who may know the whereabouts of the property has been taken to contact the burglary team at Chorley. The Nelson Mandela coin in particular is an unusual item and if seen would be easily recognisable.”

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101.