Two men pretending to be trick or treaters burst into a home armed with an axe leaving one man injured.
Police are investigating the violent incident which happened on Thursday in which a man was assaulted with a small axe and a craft knife at a flat in Bedford.
The man, aged 26, was visiting his female friend at Lorraine Court flats, on Grange Road, near Goldington Green, when about 9.30pm, there was a knock at the door and someone calling out “trick or treat”.
When the door was answered, two Asian men with white Halloween masks - similar to the masks used in the film Scream - pushed their way through and into the flat.
Using tape they had brought with them, they bound up the householder and her friend and demanded money which she had in the flat after recently selling her car.
To make her comply, they attacked her friend with the knife and the small axe, causing deep cuts to his head, legs and face.
The woman, aged 24, told them where the money was and after taking the money and two i-phones belonging to the pair, the offenders left.
Det Con Mike Armstrong is investigating the case and wants to hear from anyone who saw the two men entering or leaving the block of flats last night.
He said: “The injuries to the man are very nasty and obviously this was a very frightening incident for both people involved.
“Officers have made extensive searches, forensic examinations and knocked on doors in the area but there are bound to be people who were around at the time that we haven’t yet spoken to.”
If you saw the men near the flats, or can help with other information, please contact Det Con Armstrong directly at Bedford CID on 01234 275227.
Alternatively, contact the non-emergency police 24 hour number 101, text the force control room direct on 07786 200011 or phone independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
You do not have to give your name but could still earn a cash reward for your information.