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Newcastle mine shaft collapse causes 6m hole

A 6m hole has appeared in a residential street in Newcastle following a mine shaft collapse.

The crater, which opened up in Gosforth’s Craster Square, has exposed old mine workings in an area known to have a number of disused pits.

Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident, as well Newcastle City Council’s technical and structural engineering teams. The Coal Authority’s emergency response team was also informed and are now in attendance at the scene.

A council spokesperson said: “The Coal Authority intend to backfill the hole, and the council has agreed to provide materials for this purpose to stabilise the collapse.

“The council has arranged to fence off the area to secure the site as requested by the Coal Authority. The Coal Authority will undertake investigations to determine the cause of the collapse, in order to establish a permanent solution.”

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