POLICE investigating the shooting incident in Northwich have had to call in the bomb squad after a 'suspicious' package was found at a property.

Armed officers attended Burgess Place in Castle shortly after 2pm yesterday (Monday, July 8) after concerns were raised for the welfare of a man.

A cordon was set up in the street as officers could be seen surrounding an address.

Police confirmed weapons were discharged while they dealt with the incident, with residents reporting the officers 'fired multiple shots towards the house'.

No serious injuries were reported from the incident, but a 43-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence. A firearm was also seized.

Officers remained at the scene overnight, with the cordon still in place, before they found something during a search of the address at around 1.15pm today.

Nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution, before the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) officers confirmed the package was harmless.

The bomb squad at the scene this afternoonThe bomb squad at the scene this afternoon (Image: Supplied)

A Cheshire Police spokeswoman said: "At around 1.15pm on Tuesday, July 9, officers searching an address in Burgess Place, Northwich, following an earlier incident at the address, discovered a suspicious package.

"A cordon was put in place and a small number of nearby residents were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

"EOD were in attendance who have since confirmed the package was non-viable."

Assistant Chief Constable Una Kelly added: "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.

"I would urge anyone with any concerns to speak to an officer."