A councillor has revealed his shock after discovering a police car had ploughed through a Promenade bench – narrowly avoiding ending up in the Ribble Estuary.
Lytham Coun Mark Bamforth was driving on Inner Promenade, near Granny’s Bay, Fairhaven, when he spotted the aftermath of the incident on Saturday around 10.30pm.
The saloon car had veered off the road, on to the pavement and smashed through a bench, with tyre tracks still visible.
Coun Bamforth said: “The car was nearly hanging off the edge of the bay. The officer seemed to have spun it round just in time.
“The car was on the grass there. It could have been nasty – I do not know how it happened, whether it was driving fast, there was a chase or a tyre went.
“It could have been bad if someone was walking past at the time. The driver was lucky as the tide was in.”
A spokesman for Fylde Council said the site would be cleared, with a new bench installed after discussions with Lancashire Police.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We can confirm that a police car was involved in a collision on Saturday night.
“No-one was injured and no other vehicles involved in the collision. We are continuing investigations to ascertain the cause of the collision.”