A father is being treated in hospital after he was stabbed several times by burglars during a break-in at his home.
Three men are believed to have forced their way into the man's home in Luton in the early hours of the morning as his family slept.
He was awoken by a noise and went downstairs to investigate at around 3.25am on Saturday morning but was stabbed when he confronted the burglars, who then fled on foot.
The man, said to be in a serious but stable condition, was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital after the alarm was raised by his wife and daughter.
Detective Constable Mo Hussain said: "This was an appalling attack on a family man within his own home and I would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak with us.
"While the victim has suffered some very nasty injuries, he is in a stable condition and has responded very well to treatment."