Thieves force wedding ring off Haslemere man's hand

Burglars have tricked their way into a pensioner's home and taken his wedding ring off his finger by force.

Surrey Police said a man and a woman called at the 87-year-old man's house in Haslemere on Wednesday night and told him their car was overheating.

The resident unchained the door to hand them a bucket but as he did so, the man forced his way in causing him to fall.

The thief twisted the ring off the man's hand and went in the front room, but nothing else was taken.

The two offenders then left the property.

Police said the woman who called at the house had been linked to another distraction burglary in Haslemere on the same day when she claimed to be visiting to see if the resident was "all right".

In that incident, the woman took the resident into the sitting room and had a long conversation while a man entered the house and took jewellery worth nearly £700 from upstairs.

Appealing for information, Det Insp Andy Haslam said: "These are appalling crimes which have targeted the most vulnerable in our community."

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