AN investigation has been launched by police after a man was assaulted during a pub burglary.
Thieves gained entry to the Rutland Arms, in Calver Road, Baslow, at around 2am today (Wednesday, August 10).
A man who was in the private accommodation heard a noise from one of the rooms and went to investigate.
He saw a man climbing through a window. When the man saw the victim, he assaulted him, punching him about the head and face. Meanwhile, a second burglar climbed in through the window and also assaulted the victim.
They were joined by two further men. The group demanded money from the victim and his girlfriend, who had been sleeping in a nearby room.
The burglars locked the couple in a room and left the pub. The man managed to climb out of a window and went to a nearby phone box to raise the alarm.
The man, who is in his 20s, suffered cuts, bruises and swelling to his head and face and was treated by paramedics. His partner, who is also in her 20s, was not injured.
It is not yet known if the offenders stole anything. The group were all white. One wore a hooded top with the hood up while the other three wore balaclavas. One wore grey Nike trainers with a blue tick on the side.
Police are investigating whether the incident is linked to a burglary at the Eyre Arms, in Calver Sough. At about 1.30am today (Wednesday, August 10), a burglar broke in through a downstairs window. They tried to force an interior door but triggered an alarm system and ran off. It is not yet known if anything was taken.
Anyone with information should call police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.