A council has issued a warning for fun-lovers to stop entering floods after a number of people were spotted on inflatables, floating across the water.

Chorley Council issued the warning on Thursday evening, after a number of incidents were reported to them relating to people on inflatables in the flood water in Astley Park.

A spokesperson for the council said: "Please can we remind people not to enter the flood water in Astley Park.

"We have had instances of people floating on the water using inflatables.

"It is extremely dangerous and it will put unnecessary strain on the emergency services if an accident occurs."

A section of the park was flooded on Wednesday evening, with Grade II listed building, Ackhurst Lodge, submerged underwater. 

Police had to close Southport Road for the second time in less than a week so fire crews could try and pump out the floodwater.

Photographs from the scene showed the historic Ackhurst Lodge nearly submerged by floodwater, raising concerns over damage to the building.

Concerns over Grade-II listed building after flooding on Chorley main road

Leader of Chorley Council, Councillor Alistair Bradley, said: "We have sadly witnessed severe flooding on Southport Road, Chorley – where the highway dips just outside Ackhurst Lodge – for some years now and it is getting worse each time.

"Many people including ourselves, County Cllrs, our MP Lindsay Hoyle and many residents have demanded that Lancashire County Council take action to alleviate the problem and make sure flooding outside Ackhurst Lodge can become a thing of the past.

"However, my immediate concern – and the focus of Chorley Council's endeavours right now – is to clear away the huge volume water to make the area safe again and reopen the road.

"Working with partners including the emergency services we have got a number of pumps in action to do this – with more on the way."