UP TO 10 offenders are on the run after breaking in and bashing a man in his home, leaving him with a fractured eye socket.
The violent home invasion occurred on Lowes Creek Road at Quipolly, near Quirindi, overnight.
Police have been told the intruders had their faces covered and stormed the home about 10pm, assaulting the residents inside.
A 49-year-old man was bashed, suffering a wound to the side of the head and facial injuries.
The offenders also turned on the other occupants inside, a 20-year-old man and a 25-year-old man, before ransacking the house.
The offenders then fled the property in a ute, and police were alerted.
Ambulance paramedics were called to treat the men. The 49-year-old was taken to Quirindi hospital before he was transferred to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, where he remains.
Police have been told he suffered a fractured eye-socket in the attack.
Paramedics assessed the other two men at the scene but they did not require hospital treatment.
Oxley detectives have taken charge of the investigation, after forensic police combed the crime scene for clues.
"Police are appealing for information from anyone in the Quipolly and Quirindi areas who might have information on the home invasion," Oxley Detective Acting Inspector Jason Darcy told the Leader.
"In particular, anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage from Wednesday night who might have seen the offenders acting suspiciously in the area.
"This is a very serious matter and we need assistance from the public to track down these individuals.
"Any information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence."
Anyone with information is urged to contact Oxley police on 6768 2999.