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The owner of land in County Durham where a large sinkhole has appeared says he is very worried it will get bigger.
The crater, which is around 100 feet deep, was discovered in the Cowshill area in Weardale last week. Durham County Council has closed a public footpath nearby for safety reasons.
With rain forecast over the coming days the land owner, John Hensby is concerned that the sinkhole could grow in size:
Safety fears are growing after sinkhole, measuring a hundred feet long, opened in County Durham.
The crater appeared last week on John Hensby's land at Cowshill in Weardale.
With rain forecast, there are worries that it will grow.
A public footpath close to the crater has been closed by Durham County Council.
There are fears that a sinkhole, which has opened a short distance from a home in Weardale, will continue to grow.
John Hensby from Cowshill says his partner first discovered it while out walking last week.
It's thought the void has appeared due to mine workings beneath the surface.
Watch Julie Harrison's report here:
Mike Ogden and his team at Access and Rights of Way have placed an emergency closure on the public footpath near a sinkhole that has appeared in County Durham:
A sinkhole has appeared on farmland in County Durham.
On Wednesday landowner John Hensby found a hole of about five metres in diameter on his land near Cowshill- he says that has now increased to around 30 metres.
A temporary closure is now in place for the nearby public footpath over fears the hole could increase in size