A primary school has barred pupils from leaving without an adult after a gunman opened fire outside a nearby takeaway.

Police were called to Townfield Close in Prenton, Merseyside, after a shooter fired at a customer through a window from a car outside.

A group of people queuing outside the Casa Mia pizza shop were said to have narrowly avoided being shot.

Teachers at nearby Townfield Primary School said children must now be accompanied by an adult when they leave.

In a post on the school’s Facebook page, teacher Mrs Durham said: ‘As many of you will be aware there has been a shooting incident at Townfield shops.

‘Fortunately no one has been hurt but it is still very frightening that this has happened in our community.’

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She continued in a later post: ‘No child will be sent home at the end of the day without an adult to collect them’, before adding that police had advised the school to remain open.

Merseyside Police cordoned off the scene on Friday morning and urged anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

A spokesperson said:  ‘At around 8.25pm, it was reported that a gun had been discharged from a car at a customer who was in a local takeaway on Townfield Close.

‘Patrols attended and carried out a search of the area. A window of the takeaway suffered damage consistent with a firearms discharge.

‘House-to-house enquiries are underway and officers will be looking at CCTV from the area in a bid to identify the offenders.’

Chief Inspector George Phillips said there had been no reports of injuries.

He said: ‘This happened in a residential area and we cannot let people think this is acceptable and that they can get away with this.

‘We need help from the local community to identify those responsible so we can take the offenders off the streets and put them before the courts.

‘I would appeal to anyone who heard or saw any suspicious behaviour, or maybe saw a light coloured car in the area to please get in touch.

‘Gun crime is unacceptable in our communities and any information, no matter how small, may assist us in identifying those responsible.’