A HOUSEHOLDER was taken to hospital after a burglar burst into his home and attacked him with a hammer.
The burglar stormed inside the house at Whitburn Road, Cleadon, before threatening the man with a hammer.
During the terrifying attack, the raider hit the man across the shoulder before stealing a “small amount” of cash and fleeing, possibly in a car.
Police are now investigating the aggravated burglary, which took place at 2.20am yesterday.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “The man is described as being white, over 6ft, of thin build and with dark hair. He was wearing dark clothing and spoke with a local Sunderland accent.”
The householder suffered minor injuries to his shoulder.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to phone police on 101 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.