CCTV images have been released of a man police would like to speak following a burglary near Pershore in which jewellery was reportedly taken.

At around 8.40am on October 24 last year, an unknown man gained access to a home on Manor Lane, Little Comberton.

There was an untidy search of the home and jewellery was reported to have been taken.

These included an 18-carat platinum engagement ring, a ring with a cluster of nine diamonds, a gold sapphire and diamond engagement, an antique 18-carat gold ruby and diamond ring and a silver marcasite watch.

Pershore Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Sarah Kent said: “I'd like to speak to the man pictured as we believe he may have information that may help with our investigation.

“The jewellery is of high sentimental value and may have been sold on locally.

“We are appealing for any information relating to the rings’ and the watch’s whereabouts.

“If local residents have been offered jewellery for sale in unusual circumstances over the past few months, please get in touch with us,” she added.

In light of the incident, West Mercia Police has offered the following advice on keeping jewellery safe.

Keep it in a safe place and locked up if possible, or consider installing a safe at your home which is securely fixed to the floor or wall.

Also, ensure that the jewellery is insured and consider storing high value items elsewhere, such as a bank deposit box.

Make a list of all jewellery stored in your house with a description of each item.

Photograph all pieces of jewellery against a plain background with a ruler next to them to give an idea of size.

Consider registering your jewellery with a registration company.

Finally, make sure your home is kept secure at all times: keep windows and doors locked, switch lights on when going out to make your home looks occupied, use burglar alarms and install security lights on the outside of your property.

If anyone recognises the man or has any information about the burglary on October 24, call police on 101, quoting 265s 241018.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.