30ft sinkhole swallows family car

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A 30ft deep sinkhole has opened up in the driveway of a house in Buckinghamshire and swallowed up a family’s car.

Firefighters were called to the property in Main Road, Walter’s Ash, High Wycombe, at 8.32am on Sunday where they found the hole which is 15ft in diameter.

A view of the home of Phil and Liz Conran in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire after a 30ft-deep sinkhole opened up in the driveway yesterday and swallowed their car. Picture: PA

A view of the home of Phil and Liz Conran in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire after a 30ft-deep sinkhole opened up in the driveway yesterday and swallowed their car. Picture: PA

No-one was inside the Volkswagen Lupo when the hole opened up.

A Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Firefighters were called to a sinkhole (30ft deep, 15ft diameter) which swallowed a parked car in the driveway of a house in Main Road, Walter’s Ash.

“Firefighters placed a cordon around it and gave safety advice.

“The incident was handed over to building control at Wycombe District Council. Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour.”