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NSW mayor stabbed after group of men storm his family home

A NSW mayor has been hospitalised after he was allegedly stabbed when a group stormed his family home in Sydney’s west just before 1am.

Hawkesbury City Council mayor Patrick Connolly suffered a stab wound to his left arm during the reported home invasion, which police believe to have been a case of mistaken identity.

Police found Connolly with the stab wound when they went to a home on Porpoise Crescent, Bligh Park about 12.45am, following reports five to six men had forced their way into the house.

Hawkesbury Mayor Patrick Connolly has been stabbed in a home invasion. (Facebook)

Connolly was treated at the scene then taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.

Police have been told five to six men forced entry into the home and threatened him before he was stabbed.

The men then drove from the scene in his white Skoda, taking a few personal items from the home.

A woman and four children were home at the time of the incident. They were shaken but uninjured, according to police.

Police have released a statement this afternoon advising “initial inquiries have led police to believe the incident is a case of mistaken identity”.

Hawkesbury City Council has confirmed in a statement that Connolly was injured in the invasion and “received treatment” but that his family were uninjured.

Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill sent his well wishes to Connolly in a Facebook post this afternoon.

Greenhill said while he didn’t know the motivation for the attack he could empathise with the Hawkesbury mayor.

“In my time as mayor three people have been arrested for threats against me,” Greenhill wrote.

“Someone phoned me one evening and threatened to stab me over a development they were pursuing.

“Another posted on social media a threat to my safety over an issue that was unclear.

“A third arrest was widely reported following years of harassment of myself and others.”

Federal MP Susan Templeton has also taken to social media to denounce the “horrific incident”.

“What a terrifying ordeal for his family,” she said.

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