THIEVES in balaclavas forced entry into a community shop before stealing a quantity of cigarettes.

Police were called to Coln Stores, on the Main Street of Coln St Aldwyns at 2.45am this morning.

It’s believed that four men who were wearing balaclavas left in a dark coloured saloon after being disturbed by a member of the public.

Gloucestershire Constabulary is appealing for witnesses to the burglary.

If you were in the area at the time and witnessed any suspicious, call 101 and quote incident number 60 of July 16.

More to follow.