A "SUBSTANTIAL amount of jewellery" was stolen during a distraction burglary involving three men.

Police have issued an e-fit mock up of a man they believe may have information about the theft in a Somerset town.

The occupant of a home in Clifton Road, Weston-super-Mare was targetted on Monday (January 6) between 2.45pm and 3pm.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: "The occupant was distracted by a caller to the front door who enticed her to go to the rear of the property.

"The caller claimed his son had thrown a set of keys into the garden and asked if he could retrieve them.



"The female occupant shut and locked her back door and then took the man to the rear garden via a walkway at the side of her house.

"The victim then heard someone shouting from the direction of the road.

"The man then ran down the garden path and got into a dark coloured car – which already had two male occupants inside. They were both wearing balaclavas."

A neighbour told the victim she had been burgled and when the latter checked an upstairs room she discovered that a safe containing valuable jewellery had been taken.

The force spokesman added: "We are keen to hear from anyone who might have been in the area around the time of the burglary who may have seen the car or the three men and have information to help our enquiries into the incident.

He said the man who went with the householder into the garden was wearing a grey tracksuit.

Anyone with any information should call Avon and Somerset Police on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220003966.