A gang of thieves have assaulted a man after forcing their way into his home in Aberdeenshire.
Police were called after four men brandishing weapons stormed the house in Littlewood Place, Alford, during the early hours of Tuesday.
The robbers threatened the residents before running off with personal items.
A 30-year-old man was injured during the raid and was taken by ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment.
Detective constable Ewan Simpson, North East CID, said: “Due to fact that Alford is quite rural, we believe the suspects may have used a vehicle to get to the house.
“We have yet to establish why this particular home was targeted.
“Officers have been carrying out door-to-door enquiries and checking CCTV but would appeal to anyone who has not yet spoken to police or who has any information that will assist the investigation to come forward.
“Details can be passed to officers via 101 quoting reference number 0094 of Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.”