TWO men in their 60s have been arrested after jewellery was stolen from the homes of elderly people in Kidderminster.

Following an operation carried out by Kidderminster CID earlier today (July 20), two men aged 63 and 64, both from Albrighton, were arrested on suspicion of distraction burglary and both remain in custody at Kidderminster Police Station.

Kidderminster residents had reported that leaflets were being left at the homes of elderly people, offering a service to buy unwanted jewellery.

Upon returning and cold-calling at those houses, one or two people had gained entry to the houses and stolen items of jewellery.

West Mercia Police has offered security advice following the arrests. A spokesperson said: "Keep jewellery and money in a safe place and locked up if possible. Consider installing a safe at home which is securely fixed to the floor or wall. See www.securedbydesign.comfor police approved safes.

"Make sure your home is kept secure at all times: keep windows and doors locked, switch lights on when going out to make your home looks occupied, use burglar alarms and install security lights on the outside of your property.

"Never allow cold-callers into your home

"If you are unsure about a visitor to your door, ask their name, who they work for and if they have a contact number you can call to check. Ask them to return later while you make these checks."