A furious resident has hit out at lockdown rule-breakers who ignored signs and took their children into a padlocked public play area.

Tracey Cole said there have been families using the swings and slides in Moss Bank Park every day since the Bank Holiday on Monday despite clear instructions left by Bolton Council.

She claims to have seen mothers lifting their children's prams and passing them to each other over the metal fencing around the play area.

The area is closed to the public in order to help steam the spread of the coronavirus, especially among children and young people.

But on Wednesday afternoon Tracey, who regularly walks through the park, says she saw as many as six families enjoying the swings and slides in the sunshine.

"The bank holiday was worst," she explained.

"I watched in dismay as mothers climbed over the signed gate and handed children and prams over to each other. I estimate the children were as young as 2 to 8 roughly, plus there were older young teens.

"No-one else batted an eyelid. It seems to be the British way to say nothing and ignore."

A sign in Moss Bank Park, Bolton, asking people not to use the play area

Tracey, from Smithills, Bolton, explained that the rule-breaking is particularly infuriating because she has had to take careful steps to support her mother and husband, who are both at higher risk to the virus.

"What horrifies me most is the fact that I am shielding my elderly mother, plus my husband has a serious lung condition, this could kill both of them," she added.

"I have spent three months unable to hug my mother. I have to do all of her shopping via public transport and a shopping trolley twice a week which is why I despair."

This week, Boris Johnson has announced plans to relax the lockdown rules which would mean six people can meet in one place.

But, these changes will not come into force until Monday and rely on people continuing to observe social distancing.