A man suffered a head injury after an alleged assault involving a metal ball in an incident that sparked an armed police response.

As reported, police including armed officers were called to Gerrards Green, Beaminster on Friday night.

Police have now confirmed they were alerted following a 'disturbance' and that a man was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including making threats to kill.

Eyewitnesses say they saw armed police break a door down and enter a property before making an arrest.

Another person said they understood people were arguing loudly in the street and they thought someone had a weapon of some sort. They said police dogs were present and that police officers went from door to door afterwards talking to residents.

Dorset Police have today issued a statement after the News approached the force for a comment at the weekend.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: "Dorset Police received a report at around 11pm on Friday, February, 16 of a man causing a disturbance in Gerrards Green in Beaminster.

"It was reported that he assaulted another man with a metal ball, causing a laceration to the victim’s head.

"Officers attended and a 35-year-old man from Lyme Regis was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, racially or religiously aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm, making threats to kill, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and affray."