Sinkhole appears after heavy rain

Chad was alerted to this large sinkhole on Mansfield’s Commercial Gate by a reader after some particularly heavy rain.

The road had to be closed and traffic was diverted while an inspection was carried out.

A spokesman for Severn Trent Water said the company had been informed by the Highways Authority of a suspected sewer collapse and had conducted a CCTV survey to check its condition.

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She said: “Unfortunately, the survey showed that a section of our sewer had collapsed and was in need of repair.

“To keep both the local community and local traffic safe, we have closed the road, and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing.

“The work will be carried out by our contract partner KIER. We will work hard to get the pipe fixed and the road reopened as quickly as possible.”