A man has received a cut to the head after a gang wielding bars and a hatchet broke into his Co Down home.
The incident happened at a property in the Queens Park area of Saintfield in the early hours of Thursday morning.
At around 12.40am, it was reported three men approached the property, two of which were armed with bars and a third man armed with a hatchet.
The resident of the house opened the door to the gang and was struck on the head by the man with the hatchet.
The small cut he received to his head is not believed to be serious.
Detective Sergeant Bell said: “One of the males is described as being 6”0 in height with short dark hair and wearing a dark hooded top and tracksuit bottoms.
"The second male is described as being 5”6 tall, of heavy build with a navy hooded top and tracksuit bottoms. The third male is described as being 5”8 in height, slim build and wearing dark clothing.
“Enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone with any information or who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 86 27/12/18. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw a dark coloured Renault Clio with ‘R’ plates in the area at the time of the incident."
Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.