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British Waterways reviews canals after breach near Leek

The view looking south towards Leek tunnel, by Julie Arnold Waterway Images
The hole first opened up in the canal in November

British Waterways is to check sandbanks along the UK canal network after a double-decker bus-sized breach in Staffordshire.

Repairs to the Caldon Canal, near Leek, are expected to cost about £500,000.

British Waterways said the hole was caused by water from the canal lapping over the sand embankment and slowly eroding it.

Millions of litres of water poured through the gap after the collapse in November, British Waterways said.

Repairs began this month and are expected to last 18 weeks.

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