A man in his 70s fended off a group of masked, armed men with his walking stick when they tried to burgle his home in Essex.
The three or four men, one armed with a knife, went in to the man's home in Queens Road, Brentwood, on Thursday night.
He received a small puncture wound to his leg and was treated at hospital.
Police said they were investigating the incident and had stepped up patrols in the area.
Anyone with information on the burglary, which happened at 2220 BST, has been asked to contact Essex Police.