A MAN was arrested on Weymouth's seafront after allegedly shouting homophobic abuse at another man before reportedly assaulting him.

On Wednesday (May 25) evening, police were called to Maiden Street in Weymouth after reports of a man being abusive to another man.

Around eight police officers were called to Weymouth's town centre, before the man was eventually arrested on The Esplanade, next to Alexandra Gardens.

Dorset Echo: Police officers assisting parked on The Esplanade. Picture: Sam McKeownPolice officers assisting parked on The Esplanade. Picture: Sam McKeown

However, police said the man allegedly assaulted a police officer while being transported to custody.

A spokesman from Dorset Police said: "We received a report shortly before 5pm on Wednesday, May 25 of a man causing a disturbance in the area of Maiden Street in Weymouth.

"Officers attended and carried out a search of the area.

"It was subsequently reported that a man, believed to be the same individual, was shouting homophobic abuse at another man and assaulted them.

"He also allegedly assaulted a second man.

"Officers attended and the man was detained. As he was being transported to custody it was reported that he assaulted a police officer.

"A 44-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of assault, assaulting an emergency worker, being drunk and disorderly and an aggravated public order offence.

"He has been released on bail as officers carry out further enquiries."

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