A 38-year-old man was attacked after confronting intruders on his farm.
The incident occurred in Seaton in the UK at approximately 7:30pm on Wednesday (April 1st).
It is understood that the farmer confronted an intruder in an outbuilding.
The victim sustained a back injury after being struck from behind by a second intruder.
A search for the pair, who fled the scene, has been launched following the suspected assault.
Durham Police said one of the suspects is described as around 6ft 2ins, in his late 20s, with short “mousey” coloured hair, and was wearing a cream coat with grey jogging bottoms.