The 32-year-old came home to find his entire life savings had been taken from locked safe in his home.

A Winkleigh man has lost his entire life's savings after his home was broken into and £20,000 in cash was taken from his safe.

Ross Waite, 32, returned to his house in Exeter Road on the morning of Wednesday, July 15, to find the door to his gym open.

He then discovered the safe, which contained £20,000 in £50 and £20 notes and coins he had saved since he was 18, was empty.

He said: "My girlfriend and I were due to go to France to travel for a month and some of that money was going towards that."

Mr Waite said the key was used to open the safe and added: "The key was very well hidden and the house was otherwise left untouched."

PC Matthew Gwenter, based at Barnstaple police station, said the cash was the only item stolen,

He said: "We would like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area at the time of the offence or has seen someone with an unusually large quantity of £50 notes.

"This is obviously a substantial sum of money and we are particularly keen to hear about any individual who appears to have inadvertently come into a large amount of cash that they cannot explain."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by phone on 101 quoting CR/049429/15.