A man was attacked after an intruder broke into his home in Clackmannanshire.
The 44-year-old man woke up just after 2am on Saturday to find a stranger in his bedroom in Tillicoultry’s High Street.
The bungling housebreaker, who was wearing dark clothing and had a white carrier bag, assaulted him before running out of the house.
The victim was treated at the scene by paramedics.
Police are carrying out door-to-door enquiries and checking CCTV footage for as they hunt the suspect.
Detective chief inspector Mark Stirling said: “I am appealing to local residents for any information.
“I appreciate the incident occurred in the early hours of this morning, but someone may have been up and heard something or saw something which could assist our enquiries.
“It is imperative we trace this man and any small piece of information could prove significant in our investigation as we try to locate him. I would urge anyone with any information or knowledge to please get in touch with us.
“I would also like to remind people to ensure their homes are secure. In the warm weather, we can often leave doors and windows unlocked, but please lock up at night.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.