A woman thought she had been the victim of Christmas thieves when decorations disappeared from her porch.

She told police she had last seen her baubles when carol singers visited her home in Harbour Way, Shoreham Beach.

Her call was logged and a crime report opened into the theft.

But police later received a second call from the embarrassed home owner to say she had found the decorations.

They were hanging from the back of her coat after tinsel got caught on it as she closed the porch door.