RAIDERS struck at a house in Godshill and stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery.

Thieves forced the back door open and ransacked the property before stealing a safe, containing a significant amount of expensive jewellery, including a Cartier watch, Dior earrings, Art Deco watch and 12.5 carat diamond.

Other items stolen include a 27 carat diamond necklace containing different shaped diamonds, earrings and other necklaces.

Detectives in the New Forest are investigating the burglary, which happened between 6pm and 10pm on Wednesday, September 26.

The stolen jewels include one-off items that will not be easy to dispose of, say police.

Investigating officers are appealing to jewellers and other traders to be wary of anyone who makes contact with them offering to sell expensive-looking jewellery.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: “Officers are also appealing for public assistance in helping them to identify the offenders.

“Has anyone been to the area of Godshill recently and seen a vehicle or people in suspicious circumstances?

“Did anyone pass through the village of Godshill and see a vehicle arrive or leave the area in a hurry?

“Has someone offered you expensive jewellery for sale or has someone you know suddenly shown you some expensive jewellery?”

Police are advising householders to use timer switches to activate lights in the house or to activate radios or televisions to give the impression that someone is at home.

As the nights are drawing in, residents are being reminded to pull the curtains or blinds to prevent people looking into their homes from outside.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Lyndhurst Police Station on 101 or the Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.