THREE men broke into a house and startled the elderly homeowner before making off with her jewellery.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary were alerted to a report at 6.15pm on June 6 three men had forced themselves through a conservatory door into a property on Derritt Lane, Bransgore.

The homeowner, a woman in her 80s, was shouted at by one of the offenders who demanded she show him where her money was.

The other two men rifled through the woman’s things and stole a solid gold bracelet before fleeing the scene.

Now, officers are appealing for any information about the incident.

In particular, anyone who spotted a white saloon-type vehicle in the area at the time of the burglary.

New Forest district commander, chief inspector Nick Marsden, said: “Residential burglary is always an intrusive and traumatic crime for any victim but for a vulnerable elderly victim to have to go through this is particularly distressing and abhorrent.

“My officers have been in the area since the incident was reported to us and remain there today carrying out enquiries.

"We urge anyone with information, questions, or concerns to please come and speak to them. We are doing everything we can to identify the people responsible for this crime.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident number 44240238040.