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Homes evacuated after mineshaft collapse

Nine homes in West Cumbria have been evacuated after the collapse of an old mineshaft in Egremont.

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Homes evacuated in Egremont after mineshaft collapses

Nine homes in West Cumbria have been evacuated after the partial collapse of a former mineshaft.

The emergency services are at the scene between Howbank Road and North Road in Egremont. The site was being monitored after reports of some land slippage over the past few months.

This afternoon a drilling rig, being used to cap the mine with concrete, fell into the shaft.

The collapse has left a gaping hole in the ground of around 25 metres. Kim Inglis sent us this update a short time ago.

Kim Inglis reports from the scene and speaks to one resident who witnessed the collapse.

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