Residents of Woodland Terrace in Greenwich woke up on Thursday morning to discover a car which was parked on the street the previous day was now half hidden in a huge sinkhole which had opened up overnight.
Police were called to the scene around 3.20am to find the blue people carrier in the hole outside the Benefice of Charlton St Thomas’ Church, and cordoned off the area to ensure the safety of local residents.
Nobody was injured in the incident, though the phenomenon of sinkholes does appear to be becoming increasingly common, with a number of similar incidents being reported in 2015.
A spokesperson for the Royal Borough of Greenwich said that the council was working with emergency services to secure the area: “We are urgently investigating the matter and will update residents the moment we have more information.”
Cleo O’Kane, a local resident who lives opposite where the hole opened up, said: “I thought it was thunder – I heard a loud bang, but it was raining so much I thought it was thunder.
“All the car is resting on apparently is a pipe, otherwise it would have disappeared.”