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Police have swarmed the A&E at Royal Liverpool Hospital after they were called to deal with an incident involving a man outside the premises.
A large area of the hospital on Prescot Street has now been cordoned off by officers who arrived on the scene just before 10.30pm yesterday.
Patients have now been warned to stay inside and, due to the incident outside, all people trying to access A&E are having to be brought in through a different entrance, reports the Liverpool Echo.
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said in a statement that they are dealing with a concern for safety.
The force said: "We can confirm that officers are at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital tonight, Wednesday 3 November.
"At around 10.20pm, a concern for the safety of a man outside the hospital was reported.
"Officers remain in the area and a road closure is in place on Prescot Street at both ends.
"Please avoid the area while we deal with the incident."
Liverpool Echo reporter Abby Nicholson, who was at the scene, said: "A large cordon has been put in place surrounding the A57, a road full of shops that is home to blocks of student accommodation.
"Officers are asking people who live on the road to walk around the cordon, where they will be escorted to their doors by officers.
"All roads leading onto the A57 including Epworth Street have been cordoned off by police."
Witnesses have reported that they have heard the man outside the hospital is armed with a gun, but this has not been confirmed by police.
One woman, who was bringing a relative to A&E, confirmed that they were forced to go in through another hospital entrance to avoid the commotion.
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Ambulances were seen arriving at the hospital through the cordon as per usual despite the ongoing incident.
A patient has said: "None of the patients from the Royal are allowed out the front of the hospital.
"They’ve cordoned off the road from by the One Stop shop up to by Tesco.
"The front doors of the main entrance to the hospital have been taped off so no one can go outside."
As of 1am on Thursday morning the incident was still ongoing.
The Daily Star has approached Merseyside Police and Royal London Hospital for comment.
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