A council has served a stop and enforcement notice against the illegal use of a former church.

Last week, Rossendale Borough Council issued a statement detailing how they had served a temporary stop notice for St John's Church in Bacup after illegal events were being held within the building.

But yesterday, the council updated their statement and announced an enforcement notice was now in place.

The update read: "Further to the council's previous statement on this matter, the council can now confirm that both a stop notice and enforcement notice have been served against the unlawful use of the former St John's Church for events.

"These notices prohibit the use of the church for all public events and breaching the notices by hosting such events is an offence."

On November 4 a stark warning was issued to people who were continually using the venue to hold events despite an order prohibiting them from doing so.

In September, Rossendale Borough Council served a temporary stop notice prohibiting events from taking place at the former St John's Church in Bacup, stating that the site had not obtained the necessary planning permissions to hold such events.

Last week a council spokesperson said: "In September 2021 the council served a temporary stop notice requiring events at the former St John's church in Bacup to cease because the site has not obtained the necessary planning permissions to hold such events legally.

"The council is aware that unlawful events continue to take place.

"The council will be proceeding with a prosecution shortly against the offence committed for not complying with the notice and wishes to make it clear to the public that these events should not be undertaken."