A 90-year-old woman had £1,500 of jewellery and cash stolen after she let two men into her home who claimed to be police officers.

Bexley Police are investigating the burglary which took place during the early evening in Horsham Road, Bexleyheath on Friday (March 28).

The men told the woman that they had stopped two youths outside the address and needed to check to see whether she was missing any jewellery. As one of the suspects distracted the victim the other went into the bedroom and stole jewellery and cash totalling around £1,500.

The suspects are described as being white males, aged between 20 and 30 years old, 5'10" tall, slim build with dark brown hair.

Detective Brad Clough from Bexley Police said "Pretending to be a police officer or claiming to be from a utility company like ‘the Water Board’ is the most common technique that these thieves use to trick their way into peoples homes.

"Before opening your door, check who’s calling and if you are at all suspicious of anyone, do not hesitate to call us on 999.

"I would also ask people to keep an eye out for vulnerable neighbours and if you see anything suspicious or if you have had a dubious caller at your door, please report it to the police immediately.

"We need your help to ensure these criminals are brought to justice.”

Police held a street briefing in Horsham Road in the evening of Saturday (March 29) which 21 people attended to hear crime prevention advice and see if anyone could provide any information that could lead to solving the crime.

"Police advice is to never let anyone into their homes without being shown the correct identification. Enquiries continue."

Anyone with any information should contact Bexley Police's CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.