THE body of a man has been found in snow in a rural village near Burnley.
The discovery was made by a farmer at 1-30pm this afternoon in Shay Lane, Briercliffe.
Officers attended the scene and the air ambulance was called to take the body to the Royal Blackburn Hospital as the area was too difficult to access for vehicles because of the snow.
The man has been identified and his family have been informed.
A post mortem examination will take place to establish the cause of death.
Chief Inspector Derry Crorken from Burnley Police said: “An investigation is underway to establish exactly what has happened although we do not believe that there are any suspicious circumstances.
“Early indications suggest that it appears to be a very tragic incident where a young man has been out with friends and has become caught up in the weather last night on his journey home.
“The snow and ice has been severe in the area with many roads not passable. I would urge people to take precautions and only go out if it is necessary and if you do go out then make sure friends and family know where you are and that you have suitable clothing on and your phone with you.
“Understandably this is a very difficult time for the man’s family and we have specially trained officers offering them support. Our thoughts are very much with them at this very sad time.”