A father suffered serious injuries after being stabbed by three burglars when he tried to protect his wife and daughter in Luton.
The 47-year-old, named locally as Tony Abrahams, confronted the intruders after being woken by a noise at his house in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Three men, described by Bedfordshire Police as black and in their twenties, are believed to have forced their way into the home in Wellfield Avenue at about 3am.
The victim was "attacked and stabbed" by the offenders, who then fled the scene.
The father-of-one was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
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