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