A GANG of thugs smashed their way into a Sheffield home and attacked the residents leaving them with serious injuries in a ‘nasty aggravated burglary’.
The attack happened at a house on Berners Place, Arbourthorne, at about 9pm on Saturday.
Neighbours said they heard loud banging sounds and shouting during the incident.
The couple who live at the house, a man in his 50s and woman in her 40s, were left needing hospital treatment.
Police say they do not believe it was a random attack.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Up to three offenders are believed to have entered the property.
“Two people sustained serious injuries during the incident, both requiring hospital treatment. Nothing is believed to have been stolen.
“A man in his early 50s sustained a serious head injury but was released from hospital this afternoon. A woman in her early 40s sustained a serious facial injury and remains in hospital. Her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.”
Police cordoned off the scene outside the house on Saturday night.
One neighbour said: “I’m quite shocked. The couple have been there about five months and they’ve always been nice to us.
“The first we knew what happened was someone banging our door and there are footprints on it, so they might have tried to kick down our door first by mistake.
“Then there was more banging and shouting. Hopefully they will be alright.”
Winnie Smith, of Arbourthorne Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “It’s disgusting for this kind of thing to happen in someone’s own home.
“It’s not on and criminals don’t have enough of a deterrent.
“Sentences should be longer. We need more police on the estate to make it feel safer.”
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1052 of Saturday, December 29. Alternatively people can call Crimstoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.