AN elderly woman is receiving support after burglars impersonating police officers ransacked her home in Kidderminster on Saturday night, telling her they were chasing a suspect.

The 92-year-old resident disturbed two men, who had broken into her home in Harriers Green, at around 7.20pm on December 1.

They told her they were police officers who were chasing a suspect who had ran through her house, and asked her to point out where she kept her money.

After the men left, the pensioner realised someone had been through her jewellery upstairs and stolen a reasonable sum of money.

Police were called after the woman confided in a carer.

Inspector Jake Wright, of Wyre Forest Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "To target an elderly female in her own home, break into her property and steal from her is a sickening offence that has quite rightly appalled the community.

"What I need is for anyone who has any information regarding the offence to contact me or my team and help us identify the cowards that somehow think this is acceptable.

"What makes this offence worse is that the offenders told the victim they were police officers which only serves to exploit the confidence and trust the community has in those who work hard to keep people safe."

Police say the woman was left shaken but uninjured.

Officers have since released a description of one of the burglars - a man aged in his 40s or 50s, 6 ft tall, of large build with a moustache - and are appealing to the public to help identify him.

They are also following a number of CCTV enquiries and have carried out house-to-house calls.

Inspector Wright added: "Someone will know those responsible and I encourage you to contact us directly at Kidderminster police station or anonymously via Crimestoppers with any information."

Anyone with information on the burglary is urged to contact West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident number 0763s.