Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in London Road, Southend on Sunday February 23, at around 10.15pm.
Several men described as in their late teens and wearing balaclavas, attempted to gain entry to a flat by breaking a door.
A man in his 40s was assaulted and sustained cuts to his hands and face.
Police would like to hear from anyone who noticed anything suspicious or anyone with CCTV or doorbell footage.
Please call Southend CID on 101 quoting crime reference 42/30015/20 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.