A man needed hospital treatment after being stabbed in the face by burglars.
The 32-year-old victim had been asleep in the living room of his house in Victoria Avenue, Wallsend, at 11pm on Saturday.
He was woken by three intruders who had entered via an unlocked rear door.
One of the burglars stabbed the man in the face, before all three left the premises.
The injured man received treatment for a 4cm puncture wound to his face at the Royal Victoria Infirmary before being discharged.
Officers are investigating and carrying out house to house enquiries.
Police are appealing for witnesses, anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact police.
Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 1403 of 13/08/16 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.