A West Country pub landlord made a shocking discovery this morning when he took his dog out for a walk.
Mike Parkin, landlord at The Inn at Freshford, in Somerset, describes the hole as 'big enough to swallow a double decker bus', saying he discovered it while out walking his dog this morning. But he believes the sinkhole must have opened up over night in the early hours, as he didn’t hear anything.
Mike has confirmed that nobody has been harmed and fortunately, no vehicles had been left in the pub’s car park overnight.
“We’ve already got experts on the scene, who have confirmed that no nearby buildings, structures or roads are at risk.
He added: “They believe the severe winter floods may have caused the car park to collapse and they are confident it is an isolated incident."
Efforts toward repairing the 30ft wide hole have already begun, and emergency services have deemed the pub safe to open for business as usual today.
“I’m completely baffled by this.
“Miraculously, the road outside the pub hasn’t been affected by this at all."
Despite the appearance of the sinkhole, Mr Parkin has vowed to plough ahead with The Inn's Brunel-themed beer festival on Saturday, April 12.
“You just don’t expect this kind of thing to happen. Rest assured we won’t it let us stop us from opening today or holding our Let Off Steam beer festival in two weeks.”
Freshford resident April O'Lof said: "It is really shocking - you don't expect to see this sort of thing happening in Freshford".