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Four homes remain evacuated after Ripon sinkhole

There are no 'significant changes' to the Ripon sinkhole. Four homes remain evacuated after the sinkhole opened up in the back gardens of properties on Magdalens Road on November 9.

The sinkhole has caused considerable damage Credit: ITV

Contractors from one of the household’s insurance companies are on site and are looking at options to stabilise the sinkhole. A garage was dismantled by hand on November 15 to allow access to the sinkhole.

Yorkshire Water is continuing to look at a way to repair the sewer system on Magdalens Road which has been completely destroyed by the sinkhole.


Six hundred bottles of wine stolen in North Yorkshire

Police are appealing for witnesses after 600 bottles of wine were stolen near Ilkley.

Bottles of wine. Credit: PA

A pallet of wine was delivered to a premises in a rural area near Langbar, in the borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, on Tuesday 8 November 2016.

The pallet was last seen at 8pm that day, and was noticed missing the following morning.

The pallet contained a variety of wine, worth thousands of pounds in total, including nearly 300 bottles of Domaine des Verchères Mâcon Villages 2014.

A vehicle would have been required to move the wine, and it is believed it was taken late on Tuesday 8th or in the early hours of Wednesday 9th November.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the theft, or who is offered wine for sale in suspicious circumstances, to contact them.

Please dial 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Stephen Peachman, or Harrogate Police, or email Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference number 12160203847 when passing information.

– North Yorkshire Police

Ripon sinkhole: Experts say 'it remains a risk'

Investigations are continuing after a 50-foot sinkhole opened up in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Residents have now been moved out of 12 properties after the giant hole appeared there on Wednesday 9th.

Experts say Credit: PA

Experts from the British Geological Survey say that the sinkhole remains a risk, and there is the potential for further slippage around the hole.

Harrogate Borough Council said:

Residents are being advised not to drive vehicles on the private road to the rear of the properties affected by the sinkhole until further notice.

Additional fencing has been put up at the rear of the properties affected to stop anyone from entering the risk area.

Residents in properties located close to the sinkhole are advised to be alert for potential issues such as the appearance of cracks or visible movement in floors or walls, unexpected noises, and if in any doubt contact the emergency services.

– Harrogate Borough Council

The council say they will continue to monitor the location over the weekend and will reassess the situation on Monday 14th November.


Harrogate Council: "We're bringing in specialist engineers as soon as possible"

The sink hole Credit: PA

Harrogate Borough Council say they are looking at bringing in "specialist engineers are soon as possible" after a sinkhole appeared in Ripon last night.

They said:

Working with the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, we evacuated seven properties. Three residents were taken to a rest centre at Ripon Fires Station which was opened by the Major Incident Response Team, where they spent the night.

The council’s Chief Building Control Officer has been out on site to ensure that the property and those surrounding it were of no danger to the public.

The utility services have visited the scene to assess the situation.

Emergency services have cordoned off the surrounding area to protect members of the public. The immediate danger to the public has been removed and the situation is now under control.

The cause of the incident is still to be confirmed. Whilst there is no visible damage to the main properties, we are looking at bringing in specialist engineers as soon as possible to assess the situation.

The property owners have been advised to contact their building insurers as soon as possible and to find alternative accommodation while further investigations are carried out by the insurers of the property.

– Harrogate Borough Council
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