A man has been found dead in deep snow after walking home last night in severe weather, police said.

The body of the 27-year-old, who has not been named, was found by a farmer in Brierfield, near Burnley, Lancs, at around 1.30pm today.

Lancashire police said his death was not being treated as suspicious and there were indications it was a "very tragic incident".

The man's body was found in Shay Lane, Brierfield, by a farmer shortly after lunchtime.

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.

Police said 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 of Lancashire Police said: "An investigation is under way to establish exactly what has happened although we do not believe that there are any suspicious circumstance.

"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."

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