14/08/2014 16:55 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Dad Stabbed By Burglars As He Fought To Protect His Daughter

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A courageous dad is making a strong recovery after he was stabbed repeatedly by burglars in front of his wife and daughter.

Tony Abrahams, 47, walked into the three intruders on his landing after hearing his 23-year-old daughter, Jade, wake up and scream as they tried to take a television from her bedroom.

He tried to open his bedroom door, but found the burglars on the other side were holding it shut.

The self-employed painter and decorator managed to force open the door, only to find himself confronted by three masked burglars on his landing.

In the moments that followed, Tony was repeatedly stabbed by the intruders, who then fled the £200,000 Luton home.

The trio, who all wore balaclavas, are thought to have made off in a black Astra.

Tony was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital after his wife Catrina, 52, and daughter raised the alarm at 3.25am.

Tony's two daughters said this morning: "Dad is doing alright."

The gang are believed to have forced their way into the property as the family slept on Saturday night.

Detectives say the three are thought to be aged between 14 and 20.

Detective Constable Mo Hussain of Bedfordshire Police has appealed for details from witnesses who may have been in the area at the time or may have seen the three offenders either before or after the attack.

He said: "This was an appalling attack on a family man within his own home and I would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak with us.

"While the victim has suffered some very nasty injuries, he is in a stable condition and has responded very well to treatment."

Bedfordshire Police are looking for three black males around 20 years old.

A statement described the first offender as a black male with light skin, around 20 years of age, five feet one inch tall. The second offender was also a black male, five feet ten inches tall. The third offender was a black male, around 20 years old.

Detective Inspector Iain Morgan said anyone with information should contact Bedfordshire Police. He said: "I am appealing to members of the public, who may remember someone coming home really late in the early hours of Saturday morning, maybe hot and dishevelled and not themselves, to contact us."