Crater in Essex garden

There are fears that a house will collapse after a crater, caused by a hole, opened up in an Essex family's driveway.

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Thurrock Council engineers inspected site to ensure public safety

Thurrock Council has put out statements to the local media about the crater. On Tuesday it said:

Following subsidence outside a home in Blackshots Lane on Monday 3 December, Thurrock Council engineers inspected the site to ensure public safety.

After a further inspection on Tuesday morning, carriageway restrictions and two-way traffic signals were put in place.

The hole had not increased in size, however the council contacted National Grid (Gas) as there was a gas leak caused by the settlement of the ground beneath the footpath.

All other statutory services have been alerted and requested to visit the site on Tuesday too. The council is also taking all necessary precautionary measures.

Bus companies have been advised of potential delays to their services.

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Fear Essex house will collapse after hole found in garden

There are fears that a house will collapse after a crater, caused by a hole, opened up in an Essex family's driveway.

The family have had to take down their Christmas decorations and have now moved into a hotel.

The crater, which is the remains of a cave dug out by Britons hiding from invading Danes in the 1st Century, first appeared as a small hole in the front garden in Grays in Essex on Tuesday.

However it has been growing, disrupting the Coldham family's gas and electricity.

There is also water in the hole, causing the crater to widen even faster.

Despite efforts by the council and engineers, they have said that nothing can be done until the crater stops widening.

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