An investigation has been launched after more than 200 people, including some who had travelled from Birmingham, gathered for a game of cricket, blatantly flouting social distancing and lockdown rules.

Blackburn with Darwen Council say they are using all the powers available to them to take appropriate action in regards to the incident, which took place on Sunday at Pleasington playing fields in Blackburn.

Pictures and a video sent to the Lancashire Telegraph show groups of people gathered on the field playing cricket, while others sat in groups on the grass.

Lancashire Telegraph:

Mohammed Khan OBE, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: "The organisers had not sought permission, it was highly irresponsible and we understand involved teams who travelled from as far away as Birmingham.

"As far as the council is concerned they were trespassing to make money.

"They left the field a mess with rubbish and they are not welcome in Blackburn.

"At this moment all team sports are suspended due to the coronavirus.

"The council has a strong relationship with the various leagues and their organisers, this event is in no way connected to them.

"We have had fantastic co-operation and support from the vast majority of groups who work with us on a regular basis.

"It’s really disappointing and worrying that a small minority of people think it’s okay to organise an event without permission and risk the safety of others.

"The support we offer event organisers is there to help make events safe and successful.

"These apply to everybody and at the moment we have the added concern of spreading a deadly virus to consider.

Lancashire Telegraph:

"The only way we can avoid the infection rate rising is to follow all the guidance around social distancing, hygiene and staying at home when symptoms start.

"We know that people from a BAME background are at an increased risk of contracting the virus.

"We are ensuring patrols take place of council facilities help avoid further incidents, however we are relying on people to act responsibility and sensibly to protect themselves and others as the lockdown guidance eases.

"We would urge anybody else thinking of organising any sort of future event to do the right thing by working with us to consider what can be done to reduce risks to safety."

Events guidance is available on the councils website.