A QUIET evening at home in Yateley turned into something like a scene in a horror movie.

An elderly woman was enjoying the evening when a young couple in their twenties suddenly forced their way into her home. The man tried to bite a ring off her finger and dislodged a valuable diamond, which he stole, leaving her with badly bruised and bitten hands.

The woman, 82, who does not want to be identified, was at home on the evening of Wednesday May 21, in the Cricket Hill area of Yateley when the young woman called at her door just before 7pm.

The elderly woman did not let her in, but sent her to the rear door. As the occupant then walked through the house to the back, she saw a man outside.

The chain lock was across the door, but the man kicked it and forced his way inside. He then jumped on the elderly woman and attempted to bite a ring off her hand. He was not able to remove it, but managed to dislodge a diamond from its setting. He stole the stone, which is valued at several thousand pounds. The young couple then escaped in a green saloon. The elderly woman alerted police immediately.

Det Sgt David Powell of Aldershot CID said: "This was a callous attack on an elderly person and the woman was extremely distressed by her ordeal.

"She had taken the precaution of having the chain lock on her door, but the thief forced his way in. It was a cowardly attack on a vulnerable person. I am sure someone will be aware of the identity of the offenders - and I would ask them to examine their conscience and come forward and speak to us. This can be in total confidence if necessary."

The description of the man and woman police are looking for is as follows:

The woman is white, aged in her 20s, of slim build, approximately 5 ft 3 ins in height and she was wearing dark coloured clothing.

The man is white, aged in his 20s, of slim build, with dark hair and wearing dark coloured clothing.

Police are also appealing for anyone in the Cricket Hill area who may have seen a green saloon between about 6.45pm and 7.15pm on the evening of May 21.

Anyone who may have seen anything at all suspicious over the past few days is urged to call Aldershot CID on 0845 045 45 45, or the free anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.