A man running through the streets with a pair of garden shears prompted a police operation with the force helicopter and armed officers involved.

A search was launched for a suspect following the drama in Westham, Weymouth, yesterday.

Officers were alerted following a reports a person was trying to get into a house, and they remained at the scene carrying out enquiries.

Dorset Echo:

ENQUIRIES: Police in Cornwall Close, Weymouth

A Dorset Police spokesman said: "At 11.15am today, Wednesday, we received a report of a man trying to gain access to a property in Cornwall Close in Weymouth.

"Officers attended and the man is reported to have made off from the scene in possession of garden shears.

"The shears were subsequently located by officers in Shirecroft Road and following searches, with support from the NPAS helicopter, a man was detained."

Members of the public reported that armed officers were in the Canterbury Close area.

Police said that the searches for the suspect included the area of Cobham Drive, which is close to Canterbury Close.

The spokesman added: "The searches have now concluded.

"A 37-year-old man, of no fixed abode, has been arrested on suspicion of affray and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and is assisting officers with their enquiries."

Residents spoke of their shock after three police cars and a riot van blocked off Cornwall Close.
One person that lived on the road said that they could not get into the close because police had blocked the road while officers carried out their search and made an arrest.
"There was one police car parked half way up the road," said another resident, "then there were another two and a riot van a bit further up.
"We didn't see or hear anything apart from what was on Facebook about armed police in Canterbury Close."
One person said: "We heard there was trouble in some of the flats near here a couple of months ago but until that happened this was a nice little road.
"There was never any problems down here but now there's been two in the last couple of months. It just gives the area a bad reputation."