TWO men were arrested after reports of a “samurai sword” being brandished.

Armed police were called in after a fight broke out outside Benson Court in Portland Road, Hove, at 3.30pm today.

Witnesses reported seeing a man with a bloodied face at the block of flats.

There were unconfirmed reports that a man took out a large blade after a row over a dog not being on a lead.

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But police have sought to calm fears about the incident.

The force said officers received a call about two men with knives in the street, and armed police had arrived there within minutes.

At the scene, police dogs were seen entering a property and there were a large number of patrol vehicles.

Officers stressed there was no threat to the public, and it was an isolated incident.

The area was secured shortly afterwards.

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Police said: “It was an isolated incident between two men, known to each other, and they had a fight.

“That fight got a bit out of hand and involved bladed weapons, hence why we sent firearms officers.

“Both men were arrested at the scene.

“We don’t want people to be scared. There was no wider threat to the public.

“While it was a report of people in the street with knives, our team went down there pretty quickly and arrested them.”