Police have released e-fit pictures of two blundering thugs who attacked a man with a cosh after entering his home in a case of mistaken identity.
The pair struck at a house in Thurlstone, Barnsley, after storming in and demanding to know where another man was.
The terrified householder, who did not know the person they were looking for, was struck over his shoulder with a black cosh before more attempts were made to strike him.
Police said the 51-year-old victim suffered swelling and bruises on his right upper arm.
The first attacker was white, aged in his late 20s or early 30s and around 5ft 10ins tall. He was slim with mousey blond hair and wore a grey hooded top and jeans.
The second man – who was not involved with the assault itself – was white, also in his late 20s or early 30s and between 5ft 11ins and 6ft tall.
He was heavily-built with mousey brown hair, and wore a dark blue hooded top and dark trousers.
It is thought the offenders did not know the victim and that the incident is a case of mistaken identity.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Two men entered his house claiming to be looking for a man the victim did not know. He told the men to leave and contacted the police. As he did so, one of the men struck him to the shoulder, and made further attempts to strike him.”
n Anyone who recognises the men in the e-fits, or saw them near the house on the evening of May 24, is urged to come forward. Call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.