UNITED Utilities has commented on the road closure after a sink hole in Earlestown. 

St Helens Council issued a statement saying the incident had affected Market Street in Earlestown.

Pictures of the sunken road have been circulated on social media.

St Helens Council said: "Our highways team were called out to assist Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service with the closure of Market Street, Earlestown due to a collapse in the carriageway as a result of an issue with the main sewer."

"The road has been closed with the junction of Crow Lane West and also at the junction of Heather Brae."

A United Utilities spokesperson said: "We have a team onsite to conduct priority investigations into what has happened and carry out any necessary repairs.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will liaise closely with St Helens Borough Council while this work is carried out. "