A daily newspaper has suspended comments on its website because of malicious posts by readers.
Comment on stories on the Lancashire Evening Post have been disabled since the start of the week.
It reads: “You may have noticed comments on all items on this website have been suspended. This is because of an on-going problem with persistent malicious posters abusing our comments facility.
“Regrettably we have been forced to take legal steps against one user and a number of others are under scrutiny. We appreciate the majority of users enjoy commenting on stories and do so in a positive manner and we hope to resume normal service online before too long.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and would remind users that we are all bound by the same laws of libel, decency and prejudice online as in print.
“In the meantime we would ask that any user who wishes to comment on lep.co.uk use our forum.”
Editor of the LEP Simon Reynolds did not wish to comment when contacted by HTFP.