91-year-old at home when thieves break in

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THIEVES raided the home of a 91-year-old woman while she was in the house.

Police are investigating the break-in at the pensioner’s home in Westlands Grove, Portchester.

A gold ring with a square shaped emerald, a mock pearl necklace and gold earrings were stolen along with a black plastic jewellery box with gold trim around the top edge and red velvet inside.

The burglary occurred between midday and 11pm on Saturday while the woman was in another room. Her handbag was stolen but was found dumped nearby.

Police say the thieves got in through an unlocked door.

Detective Constable Sandi Peet, from Fareham police station, said: ‘I would like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time of the incident, or who saw a black handbag being discarded near to Westlands Grove.

‘I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind people to ensure their doors and windows are secure even when you are inside your homes to prevent access to opportunistic thieves.’

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Peet on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.