POLICE have this afternoon released footage of thieves who stole £60,000 of jewellery.

The three women took a haul of rings from Taylor & Sons Jewellers, in York Road, after distracting the shop assistant.

It happened at 2pm on Friday, December 14, 2012, when the jewellery was stolen from a display cabinet.The three women are described as eastern European and were wearing scarves. One was aged in her 20s, another in her 40s and the third in her 50s or 60s.

Police have released photographs of some of the stolen rings.

Anyone who is offered any gold rings in unusual circumstances or who recognises the women is urged to contact investigating officers at Southend police station on 101.