Police were this morning investigating the death of a man believed to be aged in his 80s in a Reigate town centre store.

Officers were in attendance in Church Street after receiving a call at about 9.40am that a gun had been fired.

Police were told the gun had been discharged at the John Powell Gun Makers in the town centre.

A man, believed to be in his 80s, was declared dead at the scene a short time later.

A Surrey Police spokeswoman said: “Detectives from CID are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death, assisted by local officers from the Reigate and Banstead Safer Neighbourhood Team, who are also carrying out a number of enquiries in the area.”

She added: “Although the investigation is still in the early stages, there is nothing to suggest there is any threat to the general public, or any third party involvement at this time.”