Two men have been arrested after two women were stabbed and another was injured amid reports of a rape in Bournemouth.
Dorset Police said a woman was taken to hospital after suffering "sustained stab wounds" and receiving serious injuries on Maxwell Road, near the Winton Recreation Ground, on Thursday.
A second woman was also injured and taken to hospital for an injury to her neck, though neither women suffered life-threatening injuries.
Police said a rape is reported as taking place during the incident.
A 29-year-old man from Poole was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and rape, the force said.
Just before midnight on Thursday, a woman was found by officers with a stab wound after reports a woman was injured on Vale Road.
She was also taken to hospital with serious injuries.
After a search, police arrested a 37-year-old man from Bournemouth on suspicion of attempted murder and rape.
Both men are helping detectives with their enquiries, the force said, and officers are carrying out an investigation at both sites where the women were injured.
Detective Superintendent Stewart Dipple, of Bournemouth CID, said: “A detailed investigation is under way into both of these incidents, which at this time are being treated as linked.
“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of either Maxwell Road or Vale Road at the relevant times and saw what happened to please get in touch.
“I would also ask any motorists who have a dashcam fitted to their vehicle and were travelling in the areas to check their footage for anything relevant to assist my enquiries.
“There will be an increased police presence in the vicinity over the coming days and officers can be approached by members of the community with any concerns."
Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or by call 101 quoting incident number 18:676 for the Maxwell Road incident or 18:788 for the Vale Road incident.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.