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Woman vanishes with shopping trolley down huge hole that 'opened like a trapdoor'

A woman vanished with a shopping trolley today after falling into a huge hole which opened up 'like a trapdoor' in a busy street.

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Passers-by said they heard a loud scream and turned round to see the woman had fallen down the hole outside a cafe in Fulham in south west London.

Residents and cafe staff rushed outside to help the woman, who stumbled into the 3ft wide crevice just before 9am this morning.

It came shortly after a man fell down the hole and twisted his ankle.

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The area around the hole had been blocked off with tables and chairs early this morning in an attempt to stop passers-by walking into it.

But despite shouts by cafe staff, the woman is said to have squeezed through the chairs and fallen down the hole.

A flower stall owner, who asked not to be named, said:

A man came running out of the cafe. The hole had been blocked off with tables and chairs but she had squeezed through and went straight down.

She didn't have a pram or a buggy, it was a shopping trolley. The shop owner was shouting out to her 'Don't come through there'. We looked over and she was down, all the way down the hole. She had walked onto it and it had collapsed beneath her.

– Flower stall owner
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Other stall holders also dashed over to help the woman, who is believed to be in her 40s.

Another stall holder said:

The gentleman came out of the cafe to help her. He was really, really worried.

By then we were all over there talking to the woman as she was getting up.

It looked like more bricks could fall on her so we were telling her to get out. She was shaky standing up and then went into the cafe.

– Stall holder

A further stall holder, who asked not to be named, said:

I saw a man fall down the hole first. He didn't go all the way down, but he looked like he had twisted his ankle. He was hobbling afterwards. That was at around 8.30am.

– Stall holder