POLICE are hunting a thief who stole a gold ring from a dementia patient's finger in a care home.

The 84-year-old victim has sadly since passed away and was wearing the gold full sovereign ring.

Officers believe the offender entered the victim's room on Sterncourt Road, Frenchay, South Gloucestershire between October 17 and 18.

A press release from Avon and Somerset Police said : "The ring is of great sentimental value to her family and officers would like to hear from anyone with any information that could lead to its safe return.

"If you can help, call 101 quoting crime reference number 5220236963."