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30ft sinkhole in Newcastle exposes old mine workings

The sinkhole was reported to the police by a local resident. Photo: PA

A 30ft deep sinkhole has appeared a residential street in Newcastle.

The sinkhole appeared next to residential garages in Craster Square in Gosforth at around 10.50am this morning.

The huge crater appeared on the site of an old shaft connected to former mine workings that belong to the National Coal Board (NCB).

I am very concerned that this has happened.

It is a weak spot in the mine workings so there needs to be lots of tests to make sure other areas are safe. It could have been a block of flats or some kids riding their bikes or playing.

There needs to be the right procedures and tests to reassure the public that this won't happen again."

– Resident
The sinkhole was reported to the police by a local resident. Credit: @CurtisGabrielCo

Nobody was injured when the hole became visible, despite it reaching from the edge of one property's drive to another.

The spokesman from Newcastle City Council said the National Coal Board had been contacted, and their Emergency Response Team was attending the scene along with police, fire crews and council structural engineers.

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