JEWELLERY has been stolen from a home in Church Road, Droitwich, while the householder was outside gardening.

A tan wallet and a brown leather purse, containing bank cards and a cheque book, were also taken, from a handbag left in the lounge.

Several other items were taken from a locked draw in the bedroom, which contained a red leather jewellery box. A silver chain necklace with a bar, valued at £60 was taken, as well as a toiletry bag containing £400 of jewellery.

Also stolen was a black and gold ladies wristwatch, valued at £50; a silver Excaliber bracelet watch, valued at £200; a silver solitaire ring, valued at £50, three 18 carat gold wedding rings at £100 each, a blue stoned ring valued at £85, and two diamond engagement rings, worth £1,000 each.

"This shows just how easy it is for a sneak in thief to get into your house, no matter how far you are from the door," said Droitwich beat manager PC Alun Jones.

Anyone with information should contact Worcester police on 01905 723888 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.