A CONVENIENCE store was unable to open after a break-in where cigarettes were swiped.

The Co-op store, in Brook Street, Great Bardfield, was closed yesterday after a burglary which saw cigarettes stolen from the store.

Essex Police confirmed they are investigating the incident.

Police officers were called to the store in the early hours of Thursday morning.

A probe has been launched, and investigating officers have urged anyone with information on the incident or CCTV footage to come forward.

Braintree and Witham Times: Burgled - The Co-op store in Great BardfieldBurgled - The Co-op store in Great Bardfield (Image: Google)

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: "We are investigating a burglary which is believed to have taken place shortly before 1.30am on Thursday, April 27 at a shop in Brook Street, Great Bardfield. 

"A quantity of cigarettes was taken. Our inquiries continue."

She continued: "We need anyone with information or footage to come forward. Get in touch by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am and 9pm."

Reports can be made online at www.essex.police.uk/digital101, or by calling 101, quoting reference number 42/75915/23.

Anonymous reports can be made by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.