Sinkhole opens up in Buckland park

By Richard Whitehouse   |   Local Democracy Reporter   |
Wednesday 26th September 2018 12:39 pm
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A MASSIVE sinkhole suddenly opened up on a popular playing field in Newton Abbot today.

Sharp-sighted dog walkers spotted the ‘dangerous’ chasm, believed to be at least 6ft deep.

One eye-witness reckoned the hollow pit in Sandringham Park was about 3ft wide and getting bigger.

Teignbridge Council, alerted about the hazard, sent officers to the scene on the Buckland Estate.

They immediately cordoned off the area with a 12 feet exclusion zone around the gaping hole.

Resident Emily Thompson explained: ‘I was walking my dog when I noticed a big hole in the ground.

‘I phoned Teignbridge Council, but they seemed to take their time to respond to the incident.'

She told the Mid-Devon Advertiser: ‘It is massive and constantly getting bigger.’

A spokesman for Teignbridge Council said the authority was ‘aware’ of the hole and were ‘investigating.’

Another park user said: ‘The hole goes down quite deep and we don’t know how far is goes back.

‘It is really dangerous because if someone wasn’t paying any attention they could easy fall down it.

‘I do not think the ground around the hole is very safe either.’

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