Surrey Police are hunting for a man suspected of two burglaries in Banstead.

In a public appeal for information released Tuesday (April 16), Surrey Police issued an image showing a man in a long black coat, black hat and sunglasses in footage gleaned from CCTV.

Surrey Police said that the two separate incidents had targeted properties in Banstead in February and March earlier this year.

Describing the February incident, the police said that a women in her 70s had been left "devastated" after thieves targeted her home.

Surrey Police said: "The first incident happened on Sunday, 3 February between 3pm and 4pm on Yewlands Close.

"The victim, a woman in her 70’s, was left devastated after heartless thieves ransacked her home, taking a large quantify of cash and jewellery, including a locket containing a lock of hair belonging to her daughter, who died when she was just four years old."

The second of the two incidents being investigated happened at a property on Dunnymans Road, March 29 at around 10.45am, when a parcel was interfered with but nothing was stolen.

PC Carl Knowles, who is investigating the incidents said: "If you recognise the man from the CCTV images, please come forward. The victim of the first incident was devastated that her locket was taken, it has huge personal value to her as it contained the hair of her daughter, who sadly died when she was four.

"We have also released a photograph of the locket, so if you recognise this item of jewellery, please contact us."

You can give information to Surrey Police by calling 101 or visiting quoting reference PR/45190012279.

You can also give information, 100 per cent anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: