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Traffic nightmare over as A249 fully re-opens

The main route on the A249 towards Sheppey - which closed for nearly a month because of a huge sinkhole - re-opened today. Local villagers say they're relieved their nightmare is over, but say it's taken to long too sort out and they haven't been kept up to date by Highways England. Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to councillors Robert Ball and Duncan Dewar-Whalley from Bobbing Parish Council, Andrew Broughton from Highways England and Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson.

Nightmare before Christmas as sinkhole opens in family's front garden

It's a homeowner's nightmare- a 10m crater opening up in your front garden, and no knowing if your house is safe. But that's what's happened to the Jenkins family after a huge sink hole appeared outside their home at Upper Basildon, near Pangbourne. Experts say a collapsed tunnel may be the cause, as the site was a brick works in the 19th century. If finding a 32-foot wide crater - yards from the property just before Christmas isn't bad enough - the Jenkins family have been told their insurance company might not pay out. Rachel Hepworth reports.

'Collapsed tunnel' may have caused 10m sink hole

A ten-metre long crater that opened up in the garden of a home in Berkshire, may have been caused by collapsed tunnel.

The site near Pangbourne was a brick works in the 19th century.

The Jenkins family who live in the property, have now been told their insurance company might not pay out. Rachel Hepworth reports:

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Two sinkholes open up near the M2

Another two sinkholes have appeared in Kent - and this one if very close to one that opened up on the M2.

It's about one mile away from the motorway - but has caused less disruption. Last week the M2 had to be closed when the hole appeared between Sittingbourne and Faversham.

Two more sinkholes have opened up in Kent Credit: Colin Parsons
Two more sinkholes have opened up in Kent Credit: Colin Parsons
Two more sinkholes have opened up in Kent Credit: Colin Parsons

Hole opens up in driveway

Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters were called to a sinkhole 30ft deep and 15ft across which swallowed a parked car in the driveway of a house in Main Road, Walter's Ash.

One crew from High Wycombe attended shortly after 8.30am on 2nd February 2014. Firefighters placed a cordon around it and gave safety advice.

The incident was handed over to Building Control at Wycombe District Council. Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour.