A man was attacked in his own home by two men wearing balaclavas.
Officers were called to Carrick Street, Hartlepool, after the incident which is said to have involved two men in a black Ford Fiesta.
Two males in dark clothing and wearing balaclavas got out of the car near the junction of Davidson Drive.
Police say they entered a house and attacked the occupant with a ‘bladed weapon’, but have not revealed what kind of weapon.
They then made off towards Davidson Drive.
The victim was receiving treatment in hospital to his leg.
Local residents have reacted to the attack, at 5.30pm on Wednesday. One mum who lives in the street said: “You don’t really hear about things like that. I suppose it does scare me especially when you have kids playing out in the street.”
Another resident, a woman who has lived in the street for decades, said: “It’s only because I was going out in the car that I noticed something had happened.
“I saw a police van and two police cars and people out in the street.
“The street was taped off from one side to the other, but it had all cleared by about 7pm. It is frightening. You feel safe until something like this happens, and it does make you a bit concerned.”
A 29-year-old man from the street said: “Generally, it’s a really quiet street. I have lived in West View all my life and it has its ups and downs, but this street is significantly more quiet, so it was quite a surprise when a friend sent me a message to say there were police in the street.”
Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.