Two young women broke into an elderly man's home and assaulted him, police say.

The 77-year-old is in Hawke's Bay Hospital with serious injuries.

Police said the two women broke into the man's home on Heretaunga St East in Hastings about 12.30 this morning.

They assaulted the man before stealing his car.

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Police are asking people to keep an eye out for the man's green and silver 1996 Toyota Carib station wagon, registration YH6964.

If anyone has information or sees this vehicle they can contact Detective
Sergeant Jason Crowe at Hawkes Bay Police on 06 381 0700.

Alternatively information can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111.