AN ELDERLY man was attacked in his own home after disturbing a burglar.
The 63-year-old was assaulted by the intruder after catching him stealing money from his Sunderland bungalow.
The victim was left badly shaken by the attack, and needed hospital treatment for cuts and bruises sustained at the hands of the thief.
There were blood stains left on the doorstep of the house, in High Barnes.
The burglar, and an accomplice, ran off along Richard Avenue with cash they had taken.
Detectives from Sunderland CID were called, and house-to-house enquiries were carried out in the quiet street – which runs near to Barnes Park – and surrounding area.
Police placed numbered markers on the road and pavement outside nearby Richard Avenue Primary School, on the spots where evidence was gathered.
Detective Constable Lynne Thompson said: “This was obviously very distressing for the householder and he’s been left shocked by what’s happened, as well as requiring hospital treatment for his injuries.
“It’s important we trace the people responsible, and detectives are working to speak to people in the area and carry out extensive enquiries.
“Any witnesses who saw suspicious activity in the area, or anyone with information about what happened or who is responsible is asked to contact police as soon as possible.”
A man who lives nearby said: “It must have been very frightening for the man.
“This is a quiet area and nothing like this normally happens.”
Another neighbour said he hadn’t been awoken by the burglary.
The man, who didn’t want to be named, said: “We never heard anything at all, just when the police knocked on the door in the morning.
“The police were outside for hours that morning too.”
The shocking incident happened at about 2.20am on Sunday.
Anyone with information is asked to call Farringdon CID on 03456 043 043, extension 69191, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.