AN investigation has been launched into an attempted burglary which reportedly three thugs wearing balaclavas break into a garden and then a garage.

Essex Police were called to reports of a break in at a property in Mott Street, Loughton, during the early hours of April 14.

Three people - all wearing balaclavas and casual clothing of tracksuit bottoms and hoodies - are said to have damaged a lock on a gate before gaining entry to the garden of site.

They are also said to have attempted to gain entry to the victim’s garage before leaving the scene.

Police officers have now issued an appeal. 

A spokesman said: "If you were in the area and saw anything suspicious around 2.30am, or have any CCTV, information, dash cam footage or any other related footage please contact Essex Police

"You can let Essex Police know by submitting a report on their website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

"Or you make an anonymous report, by contacting independent charity @CrimestoppersUK, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.

"Please quote crime reference 42/59967/24 when providing any information to make sure it gets to the right person as quickly as possible."