Businesses evacuated as sinkhole opens in Bishop Auckland

Newgate Street has been closed while emergency services are on the scene

Businesses have been evacuated and people are being warned to avoid Newgate Street in Bishop Auckland after a sinkhole opened this afternoon.

Eye witness Chris Leach, who owns local business Baby and Toddler Kingdom on Newgate Street, told ITV Tyne Tees of the moment he noticed the sinkhole:

Meanwhile Durham Constabulary has issued the following warning:

Emergency services remain on the scene.