The Northern Lights could be seen from Dorchester last night as locals were treated to a stunning light display.

The Met Office said the lights were “observed across Scotland, clearly visible from Shetland webcams, and sightings reported across some central and eastern parts of England”.

The images were captured by Kevin Dibben who saw the aurora from just outside of Dorchester.

The Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis, appear as large areas of colour including pale green, pink, and shades of red, yellow, blue and violet in the direction due north.

They occur as a consequence of solar activity and result from collisions of charged particles in the solar wind colliding with molecules in the Earth's upper atmosphere.

This incredible occurrence can be occasionally seen in the night sky over Britain.