A CYCLIST came off his bike after suffering a suspected heart attack.

The air ambulance was called to the incident, thought to be on Whalley Road, just outside of Read, at 1.48pm.

A road ambulance and a rapid response vehicle was also called.

Paramedics performed CPR on the man at the scene.

A North West Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called at 1.48pm to reports that a man has fallen off his bike near Sabden.

"The man believed to be in his 40s has been given CPR at the scene by paramedics.

"We sent a land ambulance, rapid response vehicle and air ambulance to the scene.

"The incident is ongoing and the man hasn't been taken to hospital yet."

An eyewitness at the scene described the incident as 'nasty' and said the road going towards Read had been closed.

He said: "It looks quite nasty. I was driving on the road that takes you out of Sabden towards Read and I saw that a cyclist had been knocked down.

"I saw that paramedics were giving him CPR and there was a land ambulance and air ambulance there.

"The road is currently closed."