A MAN was stabbed five times when a masked gang forced their way into his home and demanded he hand over property.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following the attack at a house in Cowley, Oxford.

Five men wearing masks forced their way into the house in Clive Road at about 3.30pm yesterday.

Police say a 39-year-old man suffered five stab wounds to the leg, back and shoulder areas.

He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment and was discharged earlier today.

Investigating officer Det Con Steve Martin said: “I am looking to speak to any witnesses who saw a group of men hanging around the Clive Road area before the incident, or who saw the men running off in the direction of the John Allen Centre afterwards.

“We are not treating this as a random incident and believe this property may have been specifically targeted.”

Anyone with information should contact Dc Martin on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.