A warning has been shared after rogue traders targeted a vulnerable woman and burgled her while pretending to be tree surgeons.

The incident took place at a home in Uplands Close, Hockley, when two men knocked on the home of the elderly woman offering to cut down a tree in her garden.

While one of them went down to the tree with the homeowner, the man stole jewellery and belongings from her house.

The two men were described as of stocky build and both were wearing baseball caps. They were driving an open-backed van with wood in it claiming to be tree surgeons.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.