A MAN in his 70s has been taken to hospital with head injuries after being pistol-whipped in a violent home invasion near Newcastle.
Police said the 77-year-old was woken by someone knocking on the front door of his Penylan Street home at Cardiff just after 1am on Sunday.
A short time later, police said three men burst into the house and clocked the elderly men over the head with a gun.
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The intruders, all of whom had their faces concealed, demanded money from the injured man before fleeing with his wallet and mobile phone.
A neighbour rushed to the elderly man’s aid and called police.
The 77-year-old was taken to hospital for treatment to what police said was a minor head injury.
An investigation is underway to locate the man’s attackers.
Anyone with any information is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.