Police are appealing for information after burglars took advantage of a power cut.

Jewellery and an expensive ornament were stolen from a house in Noel Close, Brockenhurst, after the occupants went to a hotel following the loss of power to their home.

The theft occurred on December 23 but was not noticed until the following day and not reported to police until January 4.

Missing items include a silver egg cup with a pink golf-ball-sized stone encased in silver claws.

The stolen jewellery includes a silver and gold bracelet, a gold chain with pendant, a diamond studded silver chain and pendant, two pairs of silver ear clips and two silver rings.

Call Police Staff Investigator Caroline Grinter at Lyndhurst on 101.