THE David Lloyd Clubs sport and fitness centre in Poole is closed until further notice due to structural damage caused by "unusally heavy rain".

The facility posted on its Facebook page this afternoon to inform members that the site was not currently open.

The closure of the centre off Cabot Lane came as areas of the conurbation experienced intense localised rain showers, which caused flash floods in some areas.

A David Lloyd spokesperson said: "The health and safety of our members and team is our number one priority. We have temporarily closed our club at Poole this afternoon after unusually heavy rain caused damage to part of the gym ceiling.

"Our health & safety, and maintenance teams are currently assessing the damage and we will reopen the club as soon as it is possible."

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