THIEVES stole a £2,000 haul of sex toys that were on their way to Bolton in time for Valentine's Day.

The thieves struck as the van belonging to the Nice N Naughty adult sex shop was parked in Liverpool city centre on Tuesday.

Thirty-six sex toys, together with 18 tubs of chocolate body paint and 12 blow-up dolls were taken at around 6.30pm.

Simon Prescott, director of Nice N Naughty, said: "The race is now on to import dozens of sex toys and blow-up dolls from our suppliers in Amsterdam.

"The business is extremely busy at the moment and it is crucial we get this stock replaced as quickly as possible, particularly as Valentine's Day is fast approaching." The thieves also stole a satellite navigation system and an iPod from the van.

Mr Prescott added: "These items were due to go on display in our store in Newport Street, Bolton.

"We are committed to our customers and I will ensure these shelves are filled as soon as possible. We will make sure we do not let anyone down."