THOUSANDS of pounds worth of jewellery has been stolen in a Christmas Day break-in.
Police are today appealing for help to catch the raiders who struck at a home in Jesmond, Newcastle, between 3.30pm on Christmas Eve and 11.30pm on Christmas Day.
The burglar forced open a rear ground floor window at the house, on Glastonbury Grove, and helped themselves to jewellery worth thousands of pounds including five rings, three colour bangles, a gold bangle, a gold bracelet, ear-rings and six watches.
A Blackberry mobile phone and a Canon camera were also stolen.
PC Julie Milne, of Newcastle East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "This is a crime which is horrible at any time of year, but made all the more heartless given the fact it happened on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day.
"I'd urge any witnesses or anyone with information about the whereabouts of the stolen property to get in touch with police."
Any witnesses to the burglary or anyone with information about it is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.