A MAN has been rushed to hospital with serious injuries after gunshots were fired during a police incident in Runcorn this afternoon.

Cheshire Police received reports of concerns for the safety of a man at an address on the Knoll shortly after 1.45pm today, Wednesday.

Officers 'swiftly' attended the scene, and a police firearm was later discharged.

The man sustained serious injuries and remains in hospital this evening.

Meanwhile, the force has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct 'in line with normal procedure'.

Chief inspector Sarah Heath said: “I would like to reassure the local community that this is an isolated incident and there is no risk to the public.

“Officers will remain in the area as we continue with our enquiries, and I would urge anyone with any concerns to speak to an officer.

“In line with normal procedure, the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”

The Uplonds and the area surrounding the nearby community centre have been cordoned off this afternoon following the incident.

An air ambulance was also called to the scene.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number IML778324, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.