Officers shoot suspected robber

A suspected armed robber is shot and seriously injured by police firearms officers in an operation in Lancashire.

Officers shoot suspected robber

Scene of shooting in Haslingden
IPCC investigators have been at the scene throughout the day

A suspected armed robber has been shot and seriously injured by police firearms officers in Lancashire.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were in Haslingden on Friday night in an operation connected to a series of armed robberies.

They fired an unspecified number of shots after making contact with three suspects on Blackburn Road.

One man was shot and taken to hospital. All three were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was immediately informed and is handling the investigation.

The incident took place at 2200 BST on Friday during what was described as a "pre-planned operation" by GMP´s Serious and Organised Crime group.

Immediate deployment

It has not been disclosed whether the men were armed, or if any shots were fired at police.

But at least two firearms were discharged during the incident, which happened near a Co-op supermarket.

Scene of shooting in Haslingden
The shooting happened near a Co-op supermarket

The injured man was taken to hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable.

The 29-year-old has also been placed under arrest, along with two other men aged 20 and 25.

"The incident was referred to the IPCC and investigators were deployed immediately to the scene," said an IPCC spokesman.

"Further information will be issued when available."

Investigations are continuing and IPCC investigators remain at the scene.