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Southland man assaulted at home

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/01/2017

A man and and his family have been left traumatised after he was assaulted at his Southland home by an armed group.

Police conducted a scene examination at the property near Thornbury, 30km north-west of Invercargill, on Tuesday and are seeking information from the public.

Detective Sergeant John Kean says the man received fractures to his neck and a laceration to his head during the incident late on Monday night.

He was treated at Southland Hospital and discharged.

"Both he and his partner along with their child, who was also home at the time, have been traumatised by this serious, cowardly and unprovoked attack," Det Sgt Kean said.

He said the occupants of the house in Limestone Plains Road were woken by knocking around 11pm.

When they opened the door, they were confronted by a person with a firearm.

Det Sgt Kean said the person and two others, at least one of whom was also believed to have had a firearm, forced their way in.

During a struggle, the victim was taken outside, assaulted and was left lying injured on the lawn.

Det Sgt Kean said the offenders tried to search the house, although it wasn't known if anything was taken.

They left in a car, with possibly a fourth person as the driver, and were thought to have travelled towards Thornbury.

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