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Last Updated: Friday, 21 July 2006, 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
Mine shaft hole homes demolished
Mineshaft hole
The 30ft (9m) hole appeared overnight
Nine bungalows in Cumbria are to be demolished after a giant hole appeared in a back garden.

Householders had to flee their homes in Egremont when a former iron ore mine caved in a year ago.

Copeland Borough Council has now granted permission for the properties to be demolished to allow engineers to cap the shaft and make it safe.

Owners, Home Housing, say demolition is the only option and all affected residents will be rehoused.

Further investigations

The company said in a statement: "Home North West has continued to work closely with its customers affected by the mineshaft collapse at Greenmoor Road, Egremont, in order to identify suitable alternative accommodation for them.

"We have now been able to provide suitable alternative accommodation for all but two of our customers who are still living close to the mineshaft crater.

"Efforts to rehouse these customers and those still in temporary accommodation will continue in earnest."

Further investigations to find the exact location of the mine shaft will begin next week.

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