A man was stabbed in the face in a late-night gang raid on his Tyneside home.
The attack happened at about 11pm on Saturday, at an address in Victoria Avenue, Wallsend.
The 32-year-old victim was asleep on his living room sofa when three intruders entered his home through an unlocked rear door.
He woke up and was attacked by one of the men, who stabbed him in the face.
The gang fled, and the injured man was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where was was treated for a 4cm puncture wound to his face.
Police are investigating and have been carrying out house to house inquiries.
They are appealing for witnesses,and anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact officers.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101, or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.