A motorist has slammed council chiefs for failing to repair a six-foot deep pothole that is big enough for his grown-up son to stand in.
Aron Cross was stunned by the hole in the read that he got his 27-year-old son Lewis to stand in the space to prove how deep it is.
Pictures show his lad inside the hole with his head and shoulders popping out of the top.
He says he reported the hole in Wycoller, near Pendle, Lancs, to Lancashire County Council's highways department a year ago.
Council chiefs described the road as a "country track bordered by a ditch which people who drive in rural areas will be familiar with".
But Aron hit back and said it was an adopted road that was wide enough only for a single vehicle.
He believes that a child "could easily be killed" if they were walking along the track and did not see the hole.
He said: "I think it's important to understand that the county council claim to have inspected this adopted highway, only a couple of weeks ago.
"Obviously, this brings the competence and validity of the inspection into question and if they failed to see that hole, it is little wonder they missed everything else.
"The hole was reported to the council a year ago and many times since. It is disgraceful."
Aron claims the uneven surface and a tree sticking out has damaged his and his partner's cars.
He has threatened to take the local authority to court over the issue.
Businessman Aron, 52, said: "The road itself is only wide enough for the vehicle that is on it. If someone is walking with a pushchair, you've got no chance because you won't see the hole.
"A child could easily be killed if they fall down it, I am sure.
"It is a big hole. My son is about six feet tall. He had to stand on a rock so he could see above the hole.
"They have been told about this for a year and they have done nothing about it. They still haven't put any physical barriers around it, which I find shocking."
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: "This is a country track bordered by a ditch which people who drive in rural areas will be familiar with.
"We maintain it to a safe level, and couldn't find any large holes at the side when it was inspected recently."
He went on: "We will ask Mr Cross for the precise location where the photo was taken so that we can carry out further checks and take action if needed."
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