Warning issued after sinkhole appears in Sheffield suburb

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A warning has been issued by South Yorkshire Police after a sinkhole appeared in a Sheffield suburb.

The sinkhole, which is 2 ft wide and 7 ft deep opened up on an area of grass close to a pond in Arbourthorne, Sheffield.

People have been urged to stay well away from the hole as it is not yet known how far underground it stretches.

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South Yorkshire Police said: “A deep sinkhole had opened up on the grass close to Arbourthorne Pond. Our team are looking into it.

The deep sink hole that has opened up in Arbourthorne.The deep sink hole that has opened up in Arbourthorne.
The deep sink hole that has opened up in Arbourthorne.

“Seriously though, we have reported it to the council, but we ask everyone to keep well away for your own safety as we cannot ascertain how far underground it stretches.”

The sinkhole was reported to the council and has now been fenced off by the local policing team to prevent accidents occurring.

Councillor Ben Miskell said: “Thank you to eagled eyed residents who spotted this dangerous sink hole that’s developed early this morning. At the moment we are unsure why it’s happened, but it’s very deep”

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“We will be working with council officers over the coming days to find a permanent solution, that makes the area safe.”

Over recent months Arbourthorne Pond has seen £20,000 worth of improvement works, to bring the site back into life and a new Friends of Arbourthorne Pond group has been set up.