Hollywood star Harrison Ford has been airlifted to hospital after being injured on the set of the latest Star Wars film.

The 71-year-old actor was reported to have suffered an ankle injury at Pinewood Studios, in Buckinghamshire, where the latest instalment of the famous franchise - Star Wars: Episode VII - is being filmed. He was flown to hospital in Oxford for treatment.

A spokesman for Thames Valley police said: "We were called just after 5pm to reports of a 71-year-old man being injured in an incident believed to involve a garage door.

"The man was airlifted to John Radcliffe Hospital with injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

"The Health and Safety Executive is investigating."

A spokesman for franchise owner Disney, said: "Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care.

"Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates."

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 4.24pm to Pinewood to reports of a 71-year-old male who had sustained an injury to his ankle from a door that had fallen."