A woman has been rushed to hospital after she was stabbed five times by a man who broke into her home on Christmas Day, police have said.
Police said the 23-year-old woman woke in the early hours of Wednesday at her home on Cypress Street at Cardiff when she was grabbed from behind.
She struggled with her attacker, before he produced a knife and stabbed her in the back five times, police said.
The man then fled the house before emergency services were notified.
Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District arrived at the scene, along with NSW Ambulance paramedics, where a crime scene was established.
The injured woman was taken to John Hunter Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Police believe the woman's attacker entered the house through a rear window.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance with a slim build and closely shaved dark hair. He was wearing a hooded jumper and possibly gloves.
Investigations are continuing, and police are appealing for anyone who noticed anything suspicious in or near Cardiff Street about 4.25am on Wednesday morning to contact Belmont Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 188 333 000.
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