A STARK warning has been issued after emergency services were scrambled to look for a 'missing teen' bypassers thought had fallen through ice. 

Officers in the Ribble Valley are asking people to think twice about walking onto frozen water after an incident at Barrow Brook pond over the weekend.

Emergency services were called after a member of the public thought a teenager had fallen through the ice after seeing six people walking onto the pond and only five returning.

While they were on the pond the group were seen trying to smash through the ice to the water below.

The drone team were also called in a bid to try and locate the missing sixth person.

The passerby had already witnessed a teenager fall through the ice earlier that day, who had to be pulled to safety by a friend and therefore panicked that the same thing had happened again.

Luckily, the sixth person was later accounted for.

PC Nigel Keates said: "In the mean time this wasted the resources of several police units, the Drone unit and Lancashire Fire and Rescue.

"Underwater search teams were also being considered at the point the six were accounted for.

"Following our visit more youths had been onto the ice and again had a lucky escape.

"Be warned the ice is melting you are unlikely to survive or be rescued should you fall under the ice.

"This isn't Hollywood where victims come back from the dead.

"Police officers do not want to deliver messages to parents that their child is missing presumed drowned.

"Please parents speak with your children and hopefully it won't be the last conversation you have.

"Police are informed a number of the youths arrive by car and park near the food outlets then go off to walk on the ice."