Detectives have released images of three men wanted over a violent home invasion at Barkers Vale earlier this year.

About 11.20am on Tuesday 26 January, five men armed with a firearm and machete forced entry to a house on Williams Road, Barkers Vale.

The offenders forced the occupants of the house to the ground and assaulted them before stealing property and fleeing the scene in a blue or purple station wagon.

Police from Richmond Local Area Command attended the scene and have been conducting inquiries into the incident.

Local detectives have now released computer-generated images of three of the men and are appealing for public help to identify and locate them.

Anyone who knows the identity of the men or has any information that might assist investigating officers is urged to contact Ballina Detectives via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 0