Shock as giant sinkhole opens up in UK

Shock as giant sinkhole opens up in UK

A 66ft (20m) sinkhole has opened up on a residential street in St Albans, forcing the evacuation of families in the area.

The giant hole spreads across the driveway and front garden of a property on Fontmell Close and is 33ft (10m) deep.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said at least 10 people have been evacuated to Batchwood Leisure Centre.

More than 50 properties are without gas and electricity, according to a fire service spokeswoman.

The fire service said it was already aware of a small hole on Wednesday and it was due to be filled in, but it then received a call at 1.30am to say it had "opened up substantially" overnight.

It is the latest in a spate of sinkholes to open up across the UK in the last year.

In August a large hole reported to be 40ft deep appeared on a busy road in Manchester city centre.

Earlier in the year Traigh Golf Course, near Mallaig on Scotland's west coast, was left with £16,000 of damage after a hole damaged part of the fairway.

In February last year another Hertfordshire garden collapsed as a 20ft deep hole opened up in Croxley Green, near Watford.

In the same month a house in Ripon, North Yorkshire, was left close to collapse after a hole was found underneath the structure.