SCHOOLBOY thieves - aged around 10 - made off with a 74-year-old woman's shopping and pension as she let herself into her Worcester home.

Their victim, who has not been named, had cashed her weekly pension and bought a few groceries in the city on Tuesday.

On the journey back home to The Arboretum she called into St George's Church at around 6pm. As she later walked down Southfield Street towards her home, she passed two boys, one of them on a silver scooter.

As she put her shopping down on her doorstep to reach for her key, the boys grabbed her bags and ran off towards Lowell Street.

"She wasn't physically injured by the callous actions of these two young boys, but she's lost her week's pension and her shopping," said PC Jane Fitzpatrick, of Worcester police.

One boy is described as white, about five feet tall, with dark brown hair. He was wearing dark coloured clothing and a navy three-quarter-length coat.

The other boy was slightly taller, and was also wearing a navy jacket with grey coloured socks and short dark trousers. Police believe both were aged around 10.

Anyone with information should call Worcester police on 01905 723888, quoting c/537510, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.