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Man 'carrying axe' shot during serious incident in city centre

The scene near today's shooting
The scene near today's shooting

A 31-year-old man has been shot and injured by police.

Humberside Police said the incident happened after armed officers were sent to the Holderness Road area of Hull on Tuesday morning "following reports of concerns for the safety of the public in relation to a man" near a post office.

A force spokesman said: "The man, who cannot be named, is now receiving medical attention.

"An investigation is under way and the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is standard practice in such incidents.

"We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this time."

The area around Charles Street, near Hull city centre, was cordoned off on Tuesday morning and there was a large police presence.

Fire officers could be seen erecting large screens in a car park in Francis Street and there appeared to be a red and white screen in place outside a building.

Office workers stood outside the building watching as police stood guard at the cordons.

A man near the scene, who did not want to be named, said he believed the injured man was his cousin.

He said his cousin suffers from mental health issues and has problems with drugs.

He said: "All I've heard is one of my friends rang me and said 'Your cousin's been running around with an axe and he's been Tasered and they've shot him'. That's all I know.

"I'm going to go and find out how he is now."