A Hucknall man and his wife have been injured after being attacked in their own home by three masked men who forced their way into the property.
Police are urging any witnesses to come forward and think the offenders may have been left with facial injuries themselves as the 64-year-old occupant of the house managed land a few punches on them himself.
The incident happened on Auckland Road at about 8.40pm yesterday (Tuesday 1st April).
The 64-year-old was repeatedly punched to his face and his 63-year-old wife was thrown to the floor.
Their attackers then fled empty-handed.
The couple received treatment for their injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening.
House-to-house enquiries have been made in the vicinity and high-visibility patrols have been directed to the area.
Det Insp Rich Monk said: “This was a particularly violent attack on an older couple in their own home. Despite being set upon by three men, the man found the strength to fight back, landing a few punches himself.
“With this in mind there may be someone out there with bruises or cuts to his face.
“Did a relative or someone you know return home last night or come to work today with injuries to his face or chest?
“Did you see or hear anything unusual in the area, particularly in the moments before or after the intrusion?
“If you have any information that could help us with our enquiries please call us.”
Contact Nottinghamshire police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.