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3 February 2010, 12:06 | Updated: 3 February 2010, 12:11
Three men, who police believe may be armed, are on the run after an attempted burglary near Dorchester in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Officers are advising members of the public that the men may be dangerous and that witnesses should not approach them, but call the police immediately on 999.
Officers, the police helicopter and dog handlers are searching the area after the men made off on foot after allegedly trying to break into a farmhouse at 2am.
The men were then seen in the vicinity of the B3143 – with one 40 year old man being arrested in Pulham.
Superintendent Wes Trickey, of Dorset Police’s county division, said: "Officers continue to search for the remaining men and key areas are being contained.
"The men have been running from police for over seven hours now and they will clearly be tired, dishevelled, wet and muddy.
"I understand that these men may be wearing camouflage-style clothing and it’s also possible that they have been discarding this clothing while on the run – this will have left them inappropriately dressed for the wet weather.
“If members of the public notice anyone matching that description and anyone running, hiding or acting in a suspicious or unusual way, then I would urge them to dial 999 immediately."