A MAN suffered injuries to his head and eye after being stabbed during an aggravated burglary which led to the A31 being closed.

Police launched a major response to the incident, including armed officers and the NPAS helicopter, as the culprits had fled the scene in a car.

Three men reportedly entered the address in Ford Lane, Ferndown, at around 9.55pm on Thursday, May 28.

They took cash from the property before driving away in a white BMW.

During the incident, it is reported that a male occupant was stabbed and he sustained injuries to his head and eye. He was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not life-threatening.

A woman also sustained injuries to her arm that did not require hospital treatment.

Following a search of the area, armed officers, assisted by the NPAS helicopter, stopped a vehicle on the A31 eastbound at St Leonards. The road was closed to allow officers to carry out enquiries and reopened just after midnight on Friday, May 29.

A 20-year-old man and two teenage boys, aged 15 and 17, have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and are currently assisting detectives with their enquiries.

Detectives investigating the incident are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Detective Inspector Gavin House, of Bournemouth CID, said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the reported aggravated burglary or saw any suspicious activity in Ford Lane to please get in touch.

“I would urge local residents or any motorists who were in the Ford Lane area at the relevant time to check their home CCTV systems or dashcam for any footage that may assist my investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200075827. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.