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Greenwich Sinkhole Swallows Car In South East London

That's a big one.

12/05/2016 07:52 | Updated 12 May 2016

A massive sinkhole has swallowed a car in south-east London.

Nobody was injured but a dark blue estate was less fortunate.

 

Police responded to a call in Woodland Terrace in Greenwich at 3.23am on Thursday morning.

Officers discovered a blue people carrier, which had been parked outside Benefice of Charlton St Thomas' Church, partially in the hole.

A police spokesman said: "Officers are on the scene and there is a cordon in place. The local authority has been called and there are other agencies on scene."

Royal Borough of Greenwich spokesman said the council was working with emergency services to secure the area.

He added: "We are urgently investigating the matter and will update residents the moment we have more information."

The sinkhole is thought to be related to recent torrential downpours.

Earlier this year a driver in Nottinghamshire told how a sinkhole created by a burst water pipe "sucked the car across the road". 

Sally Hall said she was attempting to drive through an overflowing drain in Epperstone around 6.45am on Sunday when the "frightening" incident occurred.

Hall told the BBC how water came "flooding in over my knees", before she clambered to safety.

  • Joe Nerssessian/PA Wire
    A car which has partially disappeared down a sinkhole in Woodland Terrace in Greenwich, south-east London.
  • Adam Gray / SWNS.com
    Residents were shocked when they awoke to find this giant sinkhole had opened up - outside a Church
  • Jamie Thornton / SWNS.com
    Re-send for better quality - Residents were shocked when they awoke yesterday (Thurs) morning to find this giant sinkhole had opened up - outside a CHURCH. See National News story NNSINK; The 'portal to hell' as some locals cheekily called it, was so massive it took up an entire road lane - and swallowed an entire CAR. The giant hole was discovered outside the Benefice of Charlton Saint Thomas' Church in Charlton, south east London, after a night of heavy rain. Local Jamie Thornton was driving to work when he noticed the cordon outside his local church.
  • Adam Gray / SWNS.com
    Residents were shocked when they awoke to find this giant sinkhole had opened up - outside a Church. 
  • Metropoliatn Police/PA Wire
    Picture tweeted by the Metropolitan Police showing a car which has partially disappeared down a sinkhole in Woodland Terrace in Greenwich, south-east London.
  • Joe Nerssessian/PA Wire
    A car which has partially disappeared down a sinkhole in Woodland Terrace in Greenwich, south-east London.
  • Joe Nerssessian/PA Wire
    A car which has partially disappeared down a sinkhole in Woodland Terrace in Greenwich, south-east London.
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    Police officers look at a car which has partially disappeared down a sinkhole in Woodland Terrace in Greenwich, south-east London.
  • Joe Nerssessian/PA Wire
    A car which has partially disappeared down a sinkhole in Woodland Terrace in Greenwich, south-east London.

A police spokesperson said: "Officers are on the scene and there is a cordon in place. The local authority has been called and there are other agencies on scene."

A Royal Borough of Greenwich spokesman said the council was working with emergency services to secure the area.

He added: "We are urgently investigating the matter and will update residents the moment we have more information."

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