THUGS launched a petrol bomb through the window of a house on a quiet residential street.
A 30-year-old man, who does not want to be identified, was sitting in the upstairs bedroom of his South Bents home when he heard a smash downstairs.
He ran to investigate and discovered a Lambrini bottle filled with what police believe is petrol had been launched through the front window.
Fortunately, a smouldering rag that had been stuffed inside the bottle had caught on the broken glass, preventing the petrol from potentially setting alight inside.
The man, who lives with his brother and parents, who were on holiday at the time, said: “I was reading my book and watching TV in the upstairs bedroom when I heard this really loud crash.
“I thought someone had broken in so I ran downstairs and out of the house and when I turned round I saw a big hole in the front-room window.
“I went inside and saw someone had thrown a bottle that was full of petrol through the window, I couldn’t believe it.
“Thankfully, it didn’t set on fire and no one was injured, which is the main thing.
“It’s a surprise as it’s nice and quiet here.”
The man phoned police who attended Rosedale Avenue at just after 11.30pm on Wednesday.
Detectives have launched an investigation into the incident and believe the attackers may know the victims.
Detective Sergeant Dave Wakefield, said: “We’re carrying out enquiries to establish a motive for this incident and at this stage think it involves people who know each other.
“We believe that someone in the local community will know who is responsible and would urge anyone with any information or who may have seen anything to contact us.”
Police are carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the area and have stepped up patrols to reassure residents.
Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty, who covers the area, said: “Members of the community can rest assured that we believe this is an isolated incident between people who know each other.
“However, we understand it can be worrying for people and will be increasing patrols in the area.”
Anyone with any information should phone Northumbria Police on 101 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.