Santa, an elf and a snowman are among the descriptions given by police as they hunt for six people alleged to have be involved in a New Year's scuffle.

Police are searching for five men and a woman who were in fancy dress in Weymouth for the town's New Year's Eve celebrations.

At 3.44am on Tuesday, January 1 officers were called to reports of a fight between two groups of people on Turton Street.

Police found three local men, all aged in their 20s, had sustained minor cuts to either their faces or hands.

No suspects were located at the scene but it is believed the perpetrators were part of a group who had were in fancy dress.

One of the main suspects is described as white, approximately five feet six inches tall, aged in his early 20s and of stocky build.

He had short dark hair and was wearing a fancy dress costume, which made him look like he was sitting on someone’s shoulders, and a denim jacket.

The second man is described as white, aged in his early 20s, around five feet nine inches tall, and of slim build.

He was wearing a Santa outfit and Santa hat but no beard.

They were with four other people – a man wearing an elf T-shirt, another man wearing a grey tweed jacket and a brown trilby hat, a third man who wore jeans, a light-coloured hooded top and beanie hat and a woman who was wearing a snowman fancy dress costume.

Police say enquiries are underway to identify them, including CCTV.

Police Constable Rory Swinden, of Weymouth police, said: “We are aware there were a number of people in Turton Street at the time of the incident and I would ask anyone who witnessed what happened and has not yet spoken to officers to please come forward.

"I believe members of this group had been at an event to see in the New Year and it is possible someone may know who they are from the description of the clothing they were wearing. I would urge anyone who knows who they are to please contact Dorset Police."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190000143.