A teenager whose car was swallowed by a 30ft deep sinkhole in her driveway has been given a replacement by motoring website Auto Trader.
Zoe Smith's prized Volkswagen Lupo disappeared into the 15-foot wide crater that opened up in her family's home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, earlier this month.
"It is very surreal when you wake up and find your car has fallen through a big hole in the driveway," the 19-year-old said. "I never expected anyone to get in touch and offer us a new car."
She was invited to choose a replacement Lupo and Auto Trader met the £2,200 cost.
Jon Quirk, editor in chief at Auto Trader, said: "Everyone loves their first car, so when we heard the terrible news of Zoe's Lupo disappearing into the ground we really wanted to purchase her a replacement."
A sinkhole measuring 30ft deep has opened up on the driveway of a house, swallowing a parked car in Walter's Ash, Buckinghamshire.
According to Bucks Free Press, watch manager Stuart Grosse said: “We get few calls of this nature, mainly in the south of the county. Historically, holes have appeared in the area due to clay mining.”
Firefighters were called to the incident early this morning, and have since placed a cordon around the house.
The matter has been passed to Wycombe District Council to decide what steps to take next.
Five firefighters from Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority spent around six hours rescuing a dog that got stuck down a drain.
Station manager Dough Gruchy said they decided to attend as they had concerns for the safety of the dog owner's rescue party.
It is quite understandable that an owner, when faced with a situation like this, will want to go to extraordinary lengths to save a pet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The entrances to the pipe have now been closed off to prevent other animals from becoming stuck.
A dog has been reunited with its owner in Buckinghamshire after getting stuck in a drain for five days.
Gina Kaiser brought in a JCB to rescue her pet pooch after the terrier became trapped in a drainage pipe. Lulu disappeared down the unused pipe while she was out for a walk in Dorney.
Rubble blocked her exit and she was trapped, surviving on just a trickle of water for nearly a week. Eventually, Gina was so desperate to be reunited with her pet that she hired a JCB to cut Lulu free. Luckily, a fire service rescue team were passing and stepped in to help.
They used cutting equipment, the digger and shovels to dig down 8ft and six hours later Lulu was reunited with her owner.