NorthumbriaÂ Police are appealing for witnesses following an aggravated burglary in South Tyneside.
At just before 10.45pm, on Sunday, April 13, police received a report that three men wearing ski masks had broken into an address on Dean Road, South Shields.
They assaulted the 27-year-old occupant with a weapon, which is believed to be a hammer, before making off from the scene.
The victim suffered a wound to his arm and leg as a result of the incident and was taken to South Tyneside Hospital for treatment where he remains. However, his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
During the incident the victim’s car was also damaged.
Investigations into the burglary are ongoing and police are keen to hear from any witnesses.
The men were wearing black ski masks and dark clothing. One was wearing a grey hoody.
Detective Inspector Paul Woods, from Northumbria Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “We want to hear from anyone who may have seen these men around the address before or after the incident.
“Anyone who thinks they may have seen any suspicious activity at all should also contact us.
“Detectives are continuing investigations today and doing all they can to trace the three men responsible.
“Although the victim has suffered injuries, thankfully these aren’t life threatening.
“We realise this may cause concern amongst residents and officers are on patrol to provide reassurance. Anyone with concerns should speak to them.
“Anyone with any information on the incident should come forward as this may assist with our enquiries.”
People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1230 13/04/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.