A MAN has been airlifted to hospital following reports of assault at a park.

Cheshire Police have moved to reassure Northwich residents after a man was found with serious injuries under the railway arches on Weir Street.

Earlier reports suggested there had been an incident at Vickersway Park but police have now confirmed that the injuries were “self-inflicted” and that there was no assault.

Police Constable Ell Estcourt said: “Vickersway Park is a great asset to the local community and I understand the concerns that reports of this nature can cause.

“Having spoken to man we can confirm that that man had not been to the park and he had not been assaulted.

“The man involved remains in hospital at this time where he is receiving the treatment and support that he requires.”

A Cheshire Police spokesperson had previously told the Northwich Guardian that the incident was an "altercation" between two men and that the air ambulance was not required to transport anyone.

The force has now confirmed they were alerted at around 4pm on Sunday (October 9) to reports that a man had been found with “serious injuries” under the railway arches near to London Road.

Initial reports suggested the man had been found in Vickersway Park.

However, the man was actually located under the railway arches on Weir Street.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being airlifted to hospital.

Police say they have since spoken with the man and established that the injuries were self-inflicted.