SHOCKED residents have described hearing multiple gunshots outside their homes in Northwich.

People say they watched in horror as armed police officers surrounded a property on Burgess Place yesterday afternoon and opened fire.

Residents said a large police presence swarmed into their street with many officers and police vehicles.

One man said: “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.

“We’ve lived here for 12 years and everyone is very friendly and dead polite.

“There were about seven armed officers all in a line aimed at a house.

“They shouted ‘Do not move’ and I heard six gunshots.

“Then there was a bit of commotion inside the property and a few seconds later another six shots went off.”

Police have confirmed that gunshots were fired whilst officers were dealing with an incident on Burgess Place at 2.08pm on Monday, following concerns for the welfare of an occupant.

Police at the scene in Burgess PlacePolice at the scene in Burgess Place (Image: Alison Sara Hewitt)

A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.

Police say there are no reports of any serious injuries and described it as an ‘isolated incident’.

The property remains cordoned off as forensic investigations are carried out and police stayed at the scene overnight.

The bomb squad had to be called in this afternoon, Tuesday, after officers searching the address discovered a suspicious package. It was later confirmed to be 'non-viable', but residents were evacuated as a precaution.

Assistant Chief Constable Una Kelly said: “We understand the concern this incident is likely to cause but we would like to reassure residents that this is an isolated incident and there is no risk to the wider community.

“Officers will remain at the scene for several hours and I would urge anyone with any concerns to speak to an officer.”