Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Lasswade.
The incident happened at around 10.50pm on Wednesday May 1, at an address in West Mill Wynd.
Three men called at the property and when a 60-year-old man answered the door, the trio forced their way inside.
One of the suspects produced what appeared to be an imitation firearm, while another was seen in possession of a knife.
After a short period all three fled the property.
The occupier suffered minor injuries during the disturbance, but was not seriously injured.
High-visibility police patrols are now being carried out in the area to engage with local residents and offer reassurance to the public.
Detective Inspector Raymond Brown said: “This was a terrifying experience for the man and his family, who were also within the property, to endure.
“We are treating this incident extremely seriously and are conducting robust investigations within the local community to identify those responsible.
“Anyone who was in the area and remembers seeing anything suspicious, or who has information that can assist with our enquiries is asked to contact police immediately.”
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