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Car falls into sinkhole on London street

The sinkhole opened up in Greenwich, south east London Credit: PA

A car has fallen into a sinkhole which opened up on a London street early on Thursday morning.

Police were called to Woodland Terrace in Greenwich, south east London, at 3.23am following reports of a sinkhole in the road.

Officers found a dark blue estate had been dragged into the hole, with roughly enough space for another vehicle to fit inside.

Residents described being woken up by a sound like "thunder" and being warned by police they may need to evacuate their homes.

Credit: PA

The seven-seater Vauxhall Zafira had been left on the road by Ghazi Hassan, who was visiting his brother on Wednesday night.

Asked if Mr Hassan was upset, his brother Abdul Ahmadzai said: "No, he knows there's nothing he can do.

"He just wanted to know if there was any damage, I'm sending him a photo now".

Police survey the scene Credit: PA

Cleo O'Kane, 25, who lives opposite, said: "I thought it was thunder - I heard a loud bang, but it was raining so much I thought it was thunder".

She added: "All the car is resting on apparently is a pipe, otherwise it would have disappeared".

A police spokesman said nobody was injured when the sinkhole opened up.

The Met tweeted that the road remained closed while the local authority dealt with the incident.