Police have launched an appeal after responding to reports of woman being held against her will by armed men at a Deptford pub.

As armed police responded to the call, a firearm was “unintentionally” fired, said police, injuring one of the armed men.

Police had first been called by a woman at 3.55am Saturday morning (February 9). The caller didn’t give her name, but said that a woman was being held captive by men with firearms at the Anchor Pub on Lewisham Road.

Armed police attended and stopped a car near to the junction with Blackheath Hill, which they said had been driven from the pub.

A man – aged in his twenties – was shot by police during the stop, but his condition is not life-threatening. He remains in hospital, and is under arrest.

Police scoured the pub, arresting five other men – but no woman was found. Another man was arrested from the stopped car.

Officers declined to confirm further details about the pub search or any items found.

Detectives said it was “vital” they hear from the woman who made the initial call, from a phone box on Morden Hill, just off Lewisham Road.

They also want to hear from anyone who was in the Anchor pub in the early hours of Saturday morning and from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at that time.

DCI James Stanyer of South East CID said: “Detectives are working hard to fully understand this incident and our enquiries are at an early stage.

“It is vital that we hear again from the original caller in this case. Officers, including armed police, rightly deployed urgently to the area following her phone call, and this has resulted in a number of searches and seven people being arrested.

“Whatever the circumstances of the call, it is important that this female calls police again as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting CAD 3359/9Feb.

The Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) have been informed.

The IOPC has also launched an independent investigation into the police shooting.