Two arrested after toilet request ended in alleged knife threat

A MAN knocked on a door in a North Dorset village and asked to use the toilet – before threatening the victim with a knife and demanding they hand over their keys.

The terrifying incident unfolded at an address in Lower Street, Okeford Fitzpaine, at around 7.25am on Wednesday (June 28), Dorset Police said.

Detectives are now appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward as an investigation continues.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

A police spokesperson said the incident unfolded after a man knocked on the door of the property and asked to use the toilet.

“The occupant let him in and once inside he allegedly threatened the victim with a knife and demanded his keys,” they said.

“The victim refused and the alleged offender left the address.

“Following enquiries, two people were reportedly located nearby and a knife was recovered as well as a quantity of suspected class A drugs.”

A 17-year-old boy from Southampton has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.

An 18-year-old Blandford man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.

Detective Inspector Rhys Griffiths, of Dorset County CID, said: “We are continuing to conduct enquiries into this matter, and I am keen to hear from any witnesses or anyone with information that might assist our enquiries.

“I would ask motorists with dashcam who were in the area of Okeford Fitzpaine on the morning of Wednesday 28 June 2023, as well as residents with home CCTV or doorbell cameras, to please review their footage for anything of relevance.”

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police via or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230100134. They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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