The Sun has come under fire today after claiming that York was this week facing flood misery.

Senior York councillor Chris Steward called the mistake "disappointing" and "ridiculous" and warned that such mistakes could damage the city's image.

There was widespread concern at the start of this year that misleading reports by national media had deterred potential visitors from coming to York.

The blunder was on page 12 of Wednesday's edition of the newspaper, in a wider report about weather:

It said: "York yesterday bore the brunt of weather chaos as floods wrecked homes and shops, a year after similar devastation last Christmas."

A photograph of Walmgate during the 2015 floods was used in the newspaper, captioned: "Flood misery... York yesterday."

Cllr Steward, City of York Council's executive member for finance and the council leader during last year's floods, said: "It's really poor journalism from them. It's very disappointing to see, and runs the risk of people being put off coming here."

Cllr Steward spoke out against national media coverage of York in the aftermath of last winter's floods.

Yesterday he said: "That was when there had been problems, but when there haven't been any it's even worse. It all adds up, and it doesn't help."