A giant sinkhole has appeared in a Preston road following torrential downpours.
LEP reader Tony Allen submitted these photographs after coming across the hazardous hole on his way to work.
Tony, from Freckleton, said: “As I was driving into work on Friday morning I noticed the hole.
“I’d say it was about six or seven feet deep and around 10 feet wide.”
It is believed the sinkhole, which is near to the McDonald’s restaurant in Mariners Way, on Preston Docks, is the fallout from heavy rainfall overnight on October 31.
John Martin, from United Utilities, said: “We have been made aware of a sinkhole which has appeared following very heavy rain on Thursday evening.
“We’re working with Lancashire County Council Highways to investigate what might have caused this.”
Staff at nearby McDonald’s said that, despite the proximity to the problem, their customers hadn’t reported any difficulty in travelling around the docks during the day.
However, workers from other businesses in the area, said that repair work had caused some significant delays during the evening rush hour.
A sinkhole is a natural depression or hole in the ground caused by some form of collapse of the surface layer or when pipes leak into the ground surrounding it.
Most tend to appear suddenly, and while particular regions are famously prone to sinkholes, they happen all over the world.
Whole buildings have disappeared, entire roads have been knocked out and many people are killed every year when sinkholes appear.
The vast Qattara sinkhole, west of Cairo in Egypt, is the largest at nearly 75 miles wide.