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Investigation after sudden appearance of a 60ft hole in Fareham

By Rebecca Pearson

10:06am Friday 8th February 2013

Sixty foot crater prompts investigation - Video

EMERGENCY work was carried out in Fareham last night when a large hole appeared in the ground.

The hole – about 60ft wide and 15ft deep – appeared yesterday afternoon above a sewage pipe at Oxleys Coppice on Rowan Way, Titchfield, pulling in surrounding trees.

A Southern Water spokesman said: “We believe it may have been caused by a break in the sewer pipe which, over time, has pulled the soil into the pipe, undermining the ground.

“We have a team on site making the area safe. Customers’ services are not affected.”

The hole is in the middle of Oxley's Coppice, and no structures are under threat from the sudden appearance of the crater.


Michael Craddock, 22, who works for Tesco, said: “It's pretty unusual. I hope the sewage pipe isn't damaged because of the smell it would cause.”

Catherine Cheng, 40, a full time mum, said: “It could be that the soil is too soft at the moment because of the weather. It's too wet now and the water just stays on the ground, it's not going anywhere.”

Diana Lewis, 57, a shop assistant, said: “I didn't hear or see anything but it's very unusual. I've lived here 10 or 11 years and this is the first time anything like this has happened.”
Jenny Whiffin, 66, who is retired, said: “I noticed a hole there about a year ago. It's absolutely colossal. I was really worried about it because if a dog or child fell down there it could be really dangerous.

“It's been there a long long time, I couldn't believe there were no barriers up.”
Stuart Pope, 32, a process server, said: “I walk the dog in the coppice and our children play there, so it's quite worrying. Last night there were about 15 cars with flashing lights around it.”
Christopher Fisher, 64, a systems engineer, said: “It's very unusual. It's never happened around here before.”



Linesman says...
10:15am Fri 8 Feb 13

There is a big black hole in Portsmouth, where the City Council keep pouring money.

It is known as the Pyramids.

one in a million says...
10:59am Fri 8 Feb 13

Linesman...I can think of another such black hole in Portsmouth....

lemon cake says...
11:06am Fri 8 Feb 13

I originally thought this was a story about Pompeys defense but i think thier hole at the back is probably a bit larger.

Dasal says...
11:16am Fri 8 Feb 13

Loving it !!

DE you're doing a great job setting up all the PFC jokers..............

Keep up the good work lads.

Quite Frankly says...
12:55pm Fri 8 Feb 13

I hope somebody is looking into this.

lemon cake says...
12:57pm Fri 8 Feb 13

The video looks like fratton park.....but bigger

happysaint says...
2:24pm Fri 8 Feb 13

that shot was off target again pfc needs to practice a bit more oh yea they have no training ground

st1halo says...
2:35pm Fri 8 Feb 13

That makes two then, this one and Fratton Park.
And sewage seems to be a common theme!


Redhat says...
2:53pm Fri 8 Feb 13


@ all above comments...

COYR Tomorrow!!

TwistedWitch says...
4:13pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Good lord, how many 30 second adverts do you need to watch in order to view one 19 second piece of video! Gave up in the end.

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