BURGLARS pretending to be from the water board stole cash and jewellery in a distraction burglary in south Oxfordshire.

Two men knocked on the door of a house in Wey Road, Berinsfield, between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Monday.

They gained entry to the property and also stole personal items.

The first man is described as white, about 5ft 11ins tall, of large build with brown hair and facial stubble. He was wearing a baseball cap and had an Irish accent.

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The second burglar is described as white with dark brown, scruffy hair and slim.

Investigating officer detective constable Chris Gibson, based at Abingdon police station, said: “I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this to please get in touch.

“I am also appealing for anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between the times that this occurred to please come forward. No matter how small the information, it may assist the investigation.

“Anyone with information can contact police on 101, quoting reference ‘43190232540’ or make a report online.

“Alternatively, if you do not wish to speak to police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”