A PORTLAND woman has been left extremely upset after thieves broke into her house and stole jewellery.

The thieves forced their way into the house on Harbour View Road, Portland before fleeing with the goods.

An Xbox games console was taken as well as a gold ring, ruby pendant and a set of ruby earrings.

PC Robert Hoskins, of Weymouth and Portland police, said: “This burglary has left the victim, a 38-year-old woman, extremely upset.

“She has been left frightened by this ordeal and has lost some very precious items belonging to her.”

He added: “I would urge anyone who may have witnessed this offence or may have information about those responsible, to contact Dorset Police.

“The pendant and earrings are quite distinctive and will be easily identifiable.

“I am also keen to hear from anyone who may have been offered these items in suspicious circumstances or for an unusually low price. All calls will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

Police have released pictures of the stolen items so that the public can recognise them. They were taken on May 30 between 6.30am and 4.20pm.

Weymouth and Portland borough councillor for Underhill Sandy West, said she was shocked to hear of the incident and said the community was very close knit.

“It’s so sad. I really feel for the lady.” Coun West said: “It’s not the value of things it’s what they mean to someone.”

She urged anyone offered the jewellery down the pub or in suspicious circumstances to get in touch with the police.

Mayor of Portland Les Ames said it was very important that as a community everyone should look out for, and take care of, their neighbours.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident reference 30:291. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.