Trainspotting 2 star Bradley Welsh has been shot dead in Scotland, according to reports.

The 42-year-old actor was reportedly killed in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

Police said they were called to Chester Street in the West End of the city at around 8pm and found a man with serious injuries, who died at the scene.

Police Scotland said: His death is being treated as suspicious and inquiries are continuing.

Officers will continue to provide a high-visibility presence in the area to engage with the public, offer reassurance and gather information that can assist with this investigation.

Anyone who believes they have any relevant information should contact police immediately.

Alisdair Morton, a local resident, said armed police had sealed off the street and people had been told to stay inside.

He tweeted that he heard someone had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Welsh starred alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle in T2 Trainspotting, playing gangland figure Mr Doyle.

He was friends with author Irvine Welsh, who said his heart was broken.

Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend, the writer tweeted.

Thanks for making me a better person and helping me to see the world in a kinder and wiser way.

Welsh also appeared on an episode of Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men in 2008, on which he described himself as a born leader.

He was reportedly a former British ABA lightweight boxing champion and became involved in charity projects in the Scottish capital, including helping young people stay away from a life of crime through his Holyrood Boxing Gym.

Other tributes were paid on social media, with one man writing: Sad to hear the news about Bradley Welsh.

Didn’t know him personally but just recently had a few interactions on here with him through boxing and training.

By all accounts a cracking guy who done fantastic work for the kids and the community in Edinburgh. RIP Brad.

Scottish actor Tam Dean Burn, who has played a range of roles on stage and screen, including in detective series Taggart, described Welsh as a working class hero who did so much for the real grassroots Edinburgh.

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