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Hole opens in coastal town - could take weeks to repair

Sheringham High Street could be closed for weeks Photo: Malcolm Robertson

A hole has opened up in the road in the centre of a Norfolk seaside town.

Sheringham High Street could be closed for several weeks while repairs get underway.

Engineers believe the hole developed above a sewer six and half metres down.

Anglian Water said the road has been closed to allow a full structural assessment to take place but the company couldn't say how long the repairs would take.

“Due to the location of the damage and the stability of the road surrounding the sinkhole, our teams are now planning how to access the pipes below the ground safely. Once this assessment is complete we will begin the repair to the damaged sewer.

"This is a difficult repair and the safety of our staff and local residents, businesses and visitors is paramount. We want to assure the local community that we are dealing with our part of this incident as a matter of priority."

– Anglian Water
Traders will be affected by the closure Credit: Malcolm Robertson

The region has had form with holes suddenly appearing - 30-years-ago a hole opened up under a double decker bus on Norwich's Earlham Road.

The driver quickly realised what was happening and led the passengers to safety. Old chalk workings were blamed.

Click below to watch the Anglia report from March 1988 from Surrey Beddows

More recently an 8-foot deep sinkhole opened up in Thetford in 2016 causing part of a garden wall to collapse.

A sinkhole opened up in Earls Street Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norwich's Plantation Gardens was closed in the same year after this opened up beneath the entrance to the site.

Plantation Gardens sinkhole

While this sinkhole that opened up in Hertfordshire seems to have been caused by a 19th century clay pit underneath the street.

The twelve by seven metre hole appeared in St Albans back in 2015.

The hole in Hertfordshire