A THIEF was disturbed as he tried to break into a Farnborough house with the aid of a magnet fixed to the end of a stick.

He poked the stick through the letterbox in a bid to reach a set of keys left on the windowsill.

The villain fled empty handed, leaving the stick dangling through the letterbox at the property in Queen Victoria Court.

** POLICE are searching for a woman who stole a handbag after tricking Rushmoor Council office staff into believing it was hers.

The handbag was left on the reception desk by mistake - but when the owner returned she was told another woman in the queue had claimed it.

Inside the brown suede tassled handbag was about £10 in cash, a credit card and a tube of lipstick.