A man’s hand has been partially severed after he was attacked with a machete at Warrawong on Tuesday morning.
The 25-year-old man was in the rear courtyard of a property on Northcliffe Drive, when he was approached by a man wearing dark clothing and carrying a large machete about 4.20am.
Police have been told a confrontation took place, before the armed man struck the 25-year-old in the arm and legs with the machete.
He then left the scene and emergency services were notified.
The injured man was taken to Wollongong Hospital for treatment of a serious hand injury and a cut to the back of his legs.
Officers from Lake Illawarra Police District established a crime scene and an investigation into the attack is under way.
Investigators have appealed for anyone with information to call Lake Illawarra police station on 4232 5599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.