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Ripon Sinkhole: Resident "gutted" at being forced to evacuate his home

A resident has told how he is "gutted" at being forced to evacuate his home after a large sinkhole appeared in his back garden.

Ben Bramley, 43, and his wife Adelle Richardson, 40, have been told by structural experts that their home in Magdalen's Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, is no longer habitable.

The couple, who have lived in the house for 13 years, came across thesinkhole behind their property after hearing a loud noise at 10.30pm last night (Wednesday 9th).

They were forced to flee the property with their 17-year-old son Joshua and spent the night with relatives.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said seven properties were evacuated after the sinkhole, which measures approximately 20m by 10m and has an unknown depth, appeared last night.

Ben said:

It's been traumatic since 10.30pm last night when I heard thehole. We have had the council, the fire service and structural surveyors to see if the houses are habitable which they're not.

The wife came in and said there was some noise in the back. She was quite traumatised herself. I went out to investigate and thought this is quite serious.

– Ben

It was all dusty. All the garden furniture and the fence were down the hole. It is from the back door right up to the garage.

My neighbour was there as well in her dressing gown. Her garden had effectively disappeared. It has been difficult to get a handle on it."

– Ben

Ben, who spent the night at his parents home, returned to his property this morning.

He said:

It is incredibly difficult finding out we have no where to go now.

We are trying to sort out the insurance, I think we are going to be out of here for a long time, if we even come back.

It's overwhelming, i'm gutted, sick and it is inconvenient. What do we do now?

– Ben

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