Officers investing a reported aggravated burglary in Beaminster are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

At around 9.30pm on Sunday 29 May 2022 it was reported that three men knocked on the door of an address in Flaxfield Road and when the female occupant opened the door, one of the men forced their way into the property. The man allegedly searched the property before threatening the woman with a Samurai sword. He then left with the other men.

Following enquiries, a 35-year-old man from Charmouth was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and he has been released on police bail as the investigation continues.

Sergeant Rich Barnett, of Dorset County CID, said: “We are carrying out a number of enquiries into this matter and we have obtained CCTV images of a vehicle we believe may be linked to this offence.

“We have also obtained some CCTV of three men reportedly seen leaving the address, one of whom is wearing distinctive grey and black camouflage trousers. I fully appreciate the images are not of the best quality, but I am hoping they may help jog someone’s memory if they either saw these men or the vehicle in the vicinity.

“I would also urge any residents in the areas of Woodswater Lane, East Street and Whitcombe Road with home CCTV or doorbell cameras to please check their footage between 9.20pm and 9.40pm on Sunday 29 May 2022 and would make the same requests to any motorists with dashcam footage who were in the vicinity.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220085770.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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