POLICE have released an image of a suspect involved in a distraction burglary in Yate.

The incident happened in Harescombe at about 1.30pm on Tuesday, January 30, when a man called at the home of a vulnerable woman, claiming to have damaged her garage with his vehicle.

He persuaded her to come outside to check the ‘damage’ but she became suspicious as there was no vehicle in sight, proceeding to call 999 and reported her concerns.

After speaking with police, she checked and found that jewellery has been stolen, including a gold ladies’ watch, a marcasite necklace and a gold locket and chain.

Police have released an e-fit of the suspect, who is described as a man in his 50s, about 5ft 10ins tall, with short brown hair and an Irish accent.

He was wearing a grey/beige jumper with a zip down the front.

Officers have carried out house-to-house enquiries and delivered crime prevention advice in the area.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or who has any other information which could help police enquiries is asked to get in touch online or by calling 101, quoting reference 5218022392.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Officers have issued the following doorstep crime prevention advice to residents:

• If you’re not sure, don’t open the door
• If you are suspicious of a caller ring 999 straight away
• Keep your cash in the bank, not at home
• Keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room
• If you see someone calling door-to-door, but only on frail or elderly neighbours, call 999 straight away
• Join Neighbourhood Watch
• Nominate a neighbour to help you deal with unexpected callers - find out more about the police's Nominated Neighbour Scheme