Little Plumpton man robbed at gunpoint in his own home
A Lancashire man has been beaten, tied up and threatened at gunpoint by a gang of robbers in his own home.
The man, 47, was asleep at his home in Little Plumpton at about 0400 GMT when three men wearing paintball-style masks dragged him from his bed.
They demanded to know where his money and safe were and, when the victim said he did not have a safe, they beat him with a baseball bat.
They then tied and gagged him before escaping with his Rolex watch.
The victim managed to untie himself and run to a nearby house to alert the police.
He was treated in hospital for cuts, swelling and bruising and is now being comforted by friends and family.
Lancashire Police are appealing for anyone with information, or with CCTV in the area, to contact them.
Det Sgt Jane Atkinson said it was a "very traumatic experience" for the victim.
However, she added: "I would like to reassure people that incidents of this nature are incredibly rare and that a full investigation is under way."
The gang spoke with Liverpool or Manchester accents.
The first offender is described as being of medium build and tall. He was wearing a black mask and black clothes and had a white towel over his hair. He was carrying a knife and a baseball bat.
The second robber wore a green mask and was carrying a 15-inch (38cm) knife.
The third man wore a purple-pink mask and black training shoes, and carried a gun and knife.