GOLD jewellery, watches and cash were among a haul of goods stolen from a farmhouse last weekend.

Police say thieves forced their way in to the farm, close to the A66 at Bowes, near Barnard Castle, between 9pm and 10pm on Saturday, January 12.

The occupants were out at the time as the raiders made off with items including a gold tag bearing a name in Egyptian hieroglyphics and a man's gold-plated Seiko 5 watch with the date in Arabic numerals.

The thieves then broke into an outbuilding and helped themselves to equipment including a Makita saw and bench, various drills, bits and planers.

Detective Constable Jeremy Downing said: “We would like to hear from anyone who has been offered any of these distinctive items, or who may have been in the Bowes area between 9pm and 10pm on the evening of the burglary and witnessed anything suspicious.”

Anyone with information should contact Bishop Auckland Serious Crime Team on 101 or the Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.