A MAN was taken to hospital after being beaten by seven men who burst into his home and attacked him with sticks.
The 22-year-old was hit around the head with the sticks after the gang forced their way into his flat in Princess Street, Thornhill, Sunderland.
The raiders snatched a red Adidas wallet and a blue money box and fled before police could get there.
Their terrified victim fled to The Ivy House pub in nearby Worcester Terrace to ask for help.
He was treated at Sunderland Royal Hospital for a serious head wound but was later released after treatment.
People living in the terraced street said the flat is used to house former hostel residents who want to live independently.
A 42-year-old woman, who works nearby, said she saw the victim after the attack. She said: “He came in here and his head was full of staples. It was a right mess. He was with his girlfriend when they hit him. He said he was moving away now. There aren’t enough jobs round here for the kids, so that is why they are going out on the rob.”
Police are now hunting the seven men who attacked the man, and are appealing for witnesses to the robbery, which happened at about 10.45pm on Friday, to come forward.
Northumbria Police say officers are carrying out door-to-door inquiries and have stepped up patrols in the area.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, ext 69191, quoting log number 1578 of 18/07/14, or ring the Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.