Police are appealing for witnesses after an incident in Kettering.
A man was in his house in Gordon Street at about 7.45pm on Saturday, March 28, when he heard voices and a knock at his front door.
Shortly afterwards he heard a loud banging noise coming from outside.
Later he realised the offenders, believed to be a group of young people, had damaged the wooden slats of the side gate.
Witnesses, or anyone who knows anything about this incident, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101.
Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.