Police are appealing for public assistance after five men attempted to break into a home at West Tweed Heads last the weekend.

About 9pm last Saturday (28 August), a 49-year-old man was home alone when he responded to a knock at his front door.

Upon opening the door he was confronted by a man pointing a firearm toward his head. The man was wearing white clothing and his face was covered.

Police were told the occupant attempted to close the door but was unable to, as the intruder was kicking the door.

At this time four other men in similar white clothing, with their faces covered, arrived at the front door of the house.

It is alleged one of the men smashed a front window of the home. Police later located a magazine from a firearm inside the broken window.

Meanwhile, it is alleged the three remaining men banged on the windows and external blinds of the home, and smashed the window of the car parked on the front lawn.

The occupant of the house fled out the back door into a neighbour’s yard for safety, at which point the five men ran from the location.

Detectives from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command are investigating all circumstances surrounding the incident, including a possible motive for the attack.

They would like to hear from anyone who has information that might assist their investigations to contact Tweed Heads Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.