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Residents horrified as gaping 20-foot SINKHOLE opens up on housing estate built over abandoned colliery

  • Huge 20ft sinkhole has opened up on a residential street above old working mine in Gosforth area of Newcastle
  • The huge crater fell in above an abandoned colliery just before 10am with residents reporting a ‘rumbling sound’
  • No one was injured in the incident but police and council officials remain on site investigating cause of incident

Residents have been left horrified after a 20ft sinkhole suddenly opened up on a housing estate built over an abandoned colliery.

The huge crater appeared above old mine workings at Craster Square in the Coxlodge area of Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, just before 11am today.

Dramatic pictures show the sheer size of the deep hole, which stretches the width of the road, and how it has left one lone car stranded on a driveway.

 

The huge 20ft sinkhole appeared on a residential street, in front of a set of garages (pictured), above an abandoned colliery at Craster Square in the Gosforth area of Newcastle upon Tyne just before 11am today. No one was injured but the site has now been cordoned off

No one was injured when the 20ft crater (pictured) suddenly appeared, although police and officials remain at the site this afternoon

No one was injured when the 20ft crater (pictured) suddenly appeared, although police and officials remain at the site this afternoon

The sinkhole was reported to the police by a resident called Doreen, who said she was sorting out her garage when she heard 'rumbling'

The sinkhole was reported to the police by a resident called Doreen, who said she was sorting out her garage when she heard ‘rumbling’

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