Police have released an e-fit in the hunt for a suspect believed to have stolen jewellery from a Chertsey home worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

A spokesperson for Surrey Police described the incident, which was reported at a property in Chertsey last week (August 7).

The brazen robbery occurred in broad daylight, they said:

"Do you recognise this man? We would like to speak to him after hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of gold jewellery was stolen from a house in Chertsey last Wednesday (7 August).

"Thieves broke into a property in Escott Place sometime between 11am and 2pm and made off with the jewellery, which included the victim’s mother’s 22ct gold wedding set, a large necklace with a floral pattern with matching brooch, ring and earrings, and a number of other sets of jewellery."

Investigating officer PC Sally Newton added that the person targeted had been "devastated" by the robbery, which deprived her of sentimental family heirlooms.

"The victim has been left devastated as a result of the burglary.

"As well as the financial loss, the jewellery also had a huge amount of sentimental value and she is heartbroken at not being able to leave any heirlooms for her family," PC Newton said.

"We are appealing to anyone who recognises the man in this e-fit to come forward as soon as possible.

"A huge amount of jewellery was taken and the victim is desperate to get it back.

"Anyone who has any other information, or has been offered jewellery matching the description above for sale, is also urged to get in touch with us," she added.

If you can help, call police on 101, quoting crime reference PR/45190083098.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.