Armed Police deployed to Liverpool city centre hospital - Prescot Street closed

Officers are dealing with an incident at Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the area is cordoned off causing travel and transport disruption.

<p>Royal Liverpool University Hospital entrance, Prescot Street.</p>

Royal Liverpool University Hospital entrance, Prescot Street.

Merseyside Police have confirmed that armed officers were sent to Royal Liverpool University Hospital to deal with an incident overnight and remain in place this morning.

Officers were deployed at around 22:20 on Wednesday after receiving reports regarding the safety of a man outside the hospital.

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Police remain on the scene this morning and Prescot Street, which runs past the main entrance to the hospital, has been closed to traffic at both ends.

A spokesman for Royal Liverpool University Hospital said it remained “fully operational” but added there would be some minor disruption to access and services.

Police say the incident has been contained and there is no wider threat to the public.

Disruption to travel and services

Chief Inspector Steve Hardy said “Although this incident will cause disruption to those who live, work and are being treated [here], I would like to reassure people that it is being contained and there is no wider threat to the public.

“We thank everyone for their patience and ask that people who need the services of the hospital look out for more updates this morning.”

Royal Liverpool Hospital remains open to all patients and staff as usual.

While access to the hospital’s main entrance has been closed, people are being encouraged to attend as normal.

A statement from the NHS Trust said that while there will be minor disruption to access and services the hospital remains fully operational.

There is access via alternative entrances for people wishing to attend the Accident and Emergency Department, for appointments or visiting.

Mersey Travel said the police incident means services in and around Prescot Street are subject to diversion.

The car park on Prescot Street remains open but local businesses within the cordon will be affected.