A Chorley man has admitted making grossly offensive comments on his Facebook page about missing youngster April Jones.

Matthew Woods, 19, made a number of derogatory posts about April and missing Madeleine McCann after getting the idea from Sickipedia - a website that "trades in sick jokes".

Among his comments were: "I woke up this morning in the back of a transit van with two beautiful little girls, I found April in a hopeless place." Another read: "Who in their right mind would abduct a ginger kid?"

Others stated "I love April Jones" and "Could have just started the greatest Facebook argument ever. April Fools, Who Wants Maddie?"

He also wrote comments of a sexually explicit nature about the five-year-old who went missing last week from near her home in Machynlleth, mid Wales.

Chorley Magistrates' Court heard members of the public were so upset about his postings that they reported them to the police. A "vigilante mob" of around 50 people later descended upon his home address in Eaves Lane and the defendant was arrested on Saturday night at a separate address for his own safety.

Woods is due to be sentenced today.