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Seven houses evacuated in Ripon after huge sinkhole appears

Seven houses have been evacuated after a sinkhole appeared in gardens in a North Yorkshire market town dubbed the sinkhole capital of Britain.

Emergency crews were called to the 20-metre wide (66ft) hole in Magdalen’s Road, Ripon, on Tuesday night, the fire and rescue service confirmed.

Householder Ben Bramley fell asleep watching snooker and woke to find his back garden had sunk down a giant hole.

Bramley, 43, wife Adele, 40, and their son Joshua, 17, heard an alarming noise outside at about 10.30pm on Wednesday and rushed outside to find their garden had been swallowed.

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