Police are investigating after thieves broke into a house and stole jewellery and cash.

Hertfordshire Constabulary says the burglary occurred at a home in Old Watling Street, Flamstead, between 11.15am and 12pm on Monday, February 8.

Extensive damage was caused to the back entrance of the property in order for the thieves to gain access, the force said.

They raided the house before stealing a large amount of jewellery and some cash.

The thieves were disturbed by the victims returning home and fled the scene via the back of the property, police said.

Officers are appealing for witnesses and information.

PC Jake Smith, who is investigating, said: “The victims are understandably distressed and very shaken up following the incident. I would like to directly appeal to anyone with any information to come forward.

“The victims were reportedly approached by two women who overheard the commotion, and informed them that they had seen a green car speeding away from the area towards the Esso garage. We would like to speak to those two women – if you were one of them, or if you know who they were, please get in touch. We believe they may have vital information and could be key witnesses.

“Alternatively, if you were in the area of Old Watling Street between the hours of 11am and 12pm and think you may have witnessed some suspicious activity, please get in contact as soon as possible. Any information, even something that may seem relatively minor or insignificant, could be key to our investigation.”

People can contact PC Smith directly via email at Jake.Smith@herts.pnn.police.uk.

Information can also be reported online at herts.police.uk/report or by calling 101, quoting 41/9474/21.