Police are hunting two doorstep criminals after a failed sneak-in theft at an elderly woman’s home.

The 77-year-old woman was out in her garden in Gigha Crescent on Wednesday afternoon when a man struck up a conversation.

Another man was seen by neighbours entering the woman’s home who then alerted police.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “At about 2.15pm on Wednesday, October 23, a call was made to police regarding two males acting suspiciously in Gigha Crescent, Broomlands Irvine.

“One of the males spoke to the 77-year-old female victim who was in her garden and whilst distracting her another male has entered her property.

“Police are carrying out enquiries to trace and apprehend the two males.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.