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Sinkhole swallows County Durham farmland

A sinkhole has appeared on farmland in County Durham.

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Sinkhole swallows County Durham farmland

Sinkhole swallows County Durham farmland Credit: John Hensby

A sinkhole has appeared on farmland in County Durham.

On Wednesday landowner John Hensby found a hole of about five metres in diameter on his land near Cowshill- he says that has now increased to around 30 metres.

It appears to be extremely deep

This is an ex-lead mining area and prone to holes appearing - but nothing on this vast scale; its rate of growth is quite alarming.

– John Hensby
Sinkhole swallows County Durham farmland Credit: John Hensby

A temporary closure is now in place for the nearby public footpath over fears the hole could increase in size

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