Updated: Public asked to stay away from the area as officers deal with alleged firearms incident.

ARMED police officers have closed off The Strand and Castle Street in Barnstaple this afternoon (Mon).

People are being asked to stay away from the area while officers deal with an alleged firearms incident.

Officers were called at 4.04pm after reports of a man allegedly with a firearm at a property in Castle Street.

At 7pm, a police spokesman confirmed officers were still at the scene.

The road remains closed off at this time. Check back for more as we have it.