Police have appealed for help hunting burglars who left a woman in her 90s “badly shaken and with visible injuries”.
Merseyside Police said unknown men with their faces covered broke into her house in Herm Road, Liverpool at 2.25am on Wednesday, as the pensioner slept.
They searched it while one of them covered her mouth with his hand to stop her making a noise.
The raiders took cash before making off, and the elderly woman was taken to hospital suffering shock and bruising to her face.
An investigation has been launched and police are carrying out house-to-house, forensic and CCTV enquiries to find the burglars.
Detective Sergeant Richie Shillito said: “Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in their own homes and this was a particularly cowardly and despicable incident involving an elderly lady who was left badly shaken and with visible injuries.
“I know that members of the public will be shocked by what has taken place and I would appeal for their help in finding out who is responsible and bringing them to justice.
“Were you in the area around Herm Road in the early hours of this morning and saw anyone or anything suspicious? Did you capture anything significant on your car’s dash-cam or CCTV camera? Please come forward and speak to us so that we can take positive action.
“We understand the huge impact that incidents such as this have on our local communities.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101, direct message @MerPolCC on Twitter or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 20000137884.