Police are appealing for information after a man was injured during a burglary in Hordle.
It took place in Silver Street between 3.30am and 4am on Saturday 16 March.
The victim, a 31-year-old man, challenged four men who were attempting to break in to a shipping container.
One of the men hit the victim with a large metal object before the offenders ran off.
The victim sustained bruising to his side but did not require hospital treatment.
The burglary is being linked to another at a separate shipping container in Silver Street on the same day.
It took place sometime between 4am and 5.30am. The shipping container was broken into and tools taken from inside and left outside. They have since been recovered.
Police are also linking these two burglaries to one that took place in Sway Road, Pennington, between 5pm on Saturday 16 March and 8.45am the following day.
An attempt was made to break into a detached garage. Nothing was stolen.
PCSO Stuart Readhead said: “We believe these three incidents are linked and we’re investigating.
“We would like to hear from anyone who thinks they have information about what happened.
“Were you in this area at the time? Do you remember seeing anything suspicious? If so, please call 101, quoting 44190056105.”