Police say a gun may have been involved after a wounded man was found in a Watford park – sparking a helicopter search.

The ambulance service found a man with a wound to the leg at Woodside Playing Fields in Horseshoe Lane at around 7.22pm yesterday (July 19)

Herts Police say they are “working to establish how the wound was sustained” but they think "a firearm may have been involved".

The victim, a man in his 20s, suffered injuries which are not believed to be life threatening but has apparently been recovering well.

The suspect evaded an “extensive” search of the area, which involved a police helicopter being called out and locals reported seeing armed police. The force are continuing to investigate.

Watford mayor Peter Taylor said: “Although these incidents in Watford are rare, I know that last night’s events will be a worry for those who live in Woodside and the wider community.

“At the present time we believe that this is an isolated incident and I am pleased that the victim is recovering well.

“I know that the police are working tirelessly to locate the suspect and we are supporting them in their efforts.”

Watford Observer: Woodside Playing FieldsWoodside Playing Fields (Image: Watford Borough Council)

Chief Inspector for Watford Andy Wiseman said: “I appreciate this incident will have caused concern in our local community and I would like to reassure our residents that we are doing all we can to trace the suspect involved.

“We are in the early stages of our investigation, but our priority remains to keep our communities safe.

“There will still be a police presence in the area whilst the investigation continues and an increase in patrols. I am extremely grateful to the individuals who have already come forward and spoken to us.”

Both encouraged anyone with information to contact police, which can be done by calling 101 quoting ISR 757 of 19 July.

The force are appealing for anyone who saw or heard anything relevant to get in touch, they are particularly keen to trace a dog walker who they believe was in the area at the time.