A gang of four raiders left a couple in hospital after an aggravated burglary in Sunderland
Four attackers, two men and two women, entered a house in Tilbury Road, Thorney Close, Sunderland through an unlocked door and attacked two of the occupants with a hammer.
They left in what is believed to be a silver BMW car parked nearby. Nothing is believed to have been stolen during the incident.
A man aged 30, and woman aged 26, were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital with minor injuries where they were discharged following treatment.
Police were called to the house at 7.28pm yesterday, and are now carrying out house-to-house enquiries as an investigation takes place.
Northumbria Police said extra officers are on patrol in the area to reassure the community.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1146 of 16/08/15 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.