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Family car 'rotated and turned' as it fell into sinkhole

The actual size of it is what I think has taken us most by surprise.

It's just swallowed the car whole. The car has managed to rotate and turn, it's on its side but its also facing the opposite way from where it was parked.

So just the sheer size of it, and obviously what could have happened, and of course we're wondering what else is going on in the area.

– Liz Conran

Sinkhole was so deep 'we had no idea if the car had fallen in'

Liz Conran said her daughter was getting ready to go out for the day when she suddenly realised the car had vanished, adding:

"My daughter went to go and let her horses out because she was going off somewhere for the day and she had to drive up there, and she got herself all ready, got to the door, and saw her car wasn't there.

"She thought that was a bit weird, of course it was still fairly dark outside, so she went round to the kitchen window and then she saw the crater and just started screaming. We just kind of took it from there really."

Phil Conran at a safe distance from the sinkhole Credit: ITV News/Rags Martel

Huge sinkhole opens up and swallows family car

A huge sinkhole has opened up outside a house in Buckinghamshire, and swallowed the family car. Liz and Phil Conran's daughter discovered the crater on Sunday morning outside the property in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.

Main Road, Walter's Ash, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire Credit: ITV News/Rags Martel
The family said it was left "stunned" by the crater Credit: ITV News/Rage Martel



Hollywood actors filming in Buckinghamshire

Two Buckinghamshire villages are fast becoming the most filmed in the world. Hambleden and Fingest , which are just two miles apart, are popular filming locations because of their close links to London.

George Clooney and Matt Damon were in Fingest last week to work on the production The Monuments Men - a World War two film. Hambleden has recently featured in the ITV productions Endeavour and Poirot.

Fire service: 'Delighted that it has a happy ending'

A Jack Russell was rescued after spending four days stuck in an underground drain pipe. Buckinghamshire Fire Service station manager Doug Gruchy said:

"Lulu's owner had organised her own search, but the situation was in danger of becoming hazardous. We took the decision to carry out this rescue because of our concern for the safety of her search party as well as for Lulu’s welfare. We are obviously delighted that it has had a happy ending.”

Dog rescued after four days stuck in underground tunnel

Buckinghamshire fire and rescue crew manager Pete Skinner with Lulu Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

A dog has been rescued after spending four days trapped in an underground drainage tunnel in Buckinghamshire after the owner hired a digger to get her out.

Work begins cutting through the car park to dig 8ft down to the dog Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

The Jack Russell ran down the disused pipe in Dorney as the owner Gail Fraiser took her for a walk. Ms Fraiser called the RSPCA when Lulu failed to return. The animal charity advised her if the dog could be heard barking the likelihood was that she would find her way out.

A firefighter crawls inside the drain after breaking through to rescue Lulu Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

However Ms Fraiser opted to hire a digger after the barking continued but Lulu was nowhere to be seen.

The fire and rescue service intervened after becoming concerned that Ms Fraiser and her friends were at risk from injuring themselves, after trying to rescue Lulu since Friday.

Owner Gail Fraiser with Lulu the Jack Russell Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

They launched a six-hour operation to rescue the Jack Russell using the digger and shovels to dig down 8ft below ground.

The firefighters then broke into the drain before freeing Lulu from her four-days of being trapped.

Firefighters cut through the drain 8ft underground to rescue Lulu Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

The entrances to the pipe have now been closed off to prevent other animals from becoming stuck.

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