A man has been arrested in connection with an incident where someone broke into a house in Ansdell and attacked two elderly men in the middle of the night.

Police were called at around 2am today (December 11), after reports three people – a couple aged in their 70s and another man aged in his 80s – had been woken by somebody breaking into their house on Kingsway in Ansdell.

The intruder ‘smashed their way into the home’ and after two of the residents went to investigate the noise, were attacked by the burglar.

The man aged in his 80s was taken to hospital with possible fractured bones. The second man and a woman in the address suffered cuts from broken glass.

Officers on the scene began a search of the area and a short time later a man was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Detective Chief Inspector Lee Wilson said: “This was an incredibly distressing incident for the three people in the address, all of whom have been left feeling shaken and upset.

“Nobody should have their home violated in this way, let alone be assaulted and left with potentially serious injuries. We take this type of crime extremely seriously.

“Thankfully the man in his 80s who was assaulted is not thought to be as seriously hurt as first appeared.

“A man is in custody and will be interviewed in due course.

“We are now asking anybody with information about this incident to get in touch.

"Perhaps you were driving in the area or returning home from a night out and saw somebody acting suspiciously, or perhaps you have CCTV, doorbell footage or dashcam from around the same time which could help us.”

Anybody with information should contact us on 101, quoting log 156 of December 11.