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Giant 20ft wide sinkhole opens up on residential street in south London and swallows MOTORBIKE

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A giant 20ft wide sinkhole has opened up and swallowed a motorbike on a residential street in south London. 

Emergency services were called to the scene on Martens Avenue in Bexleyheath just before 9pm last night.

Police and firefighters were met with the huge void which had formed on the residential road – though it’s unclear what caused it.

Photographs show the size of the hole – which spans the entire width of the road and is said to be more than 16ft deep. 

Neighbours said that the rider of the motorbike pulled himself out of the sinkhole when it opened up on the street. 

A police cordon was initially put up around the damaged section of road and officers remained at the scene to protect members of the public.

The motorbike could be seen amongst the rubble after the sinkhole opened up on the residential road in Bexleyheath

The motorbike could be seen amongst the rubble after the sinkhole opened up on the residential road in Bexleyheath 

A giant 20ft wide sinkhole has opened up and swallowed a motorbike on a residential street in south London

A giant 20ft wide sinkhole has opened up and swallowed a motorbike on a residential street in south London

Emergency services were called to the scene on Martens Avenue in Bexleyheath just before 9pm last night

Emergency services were called to the scene on Martens Avenue in Bexleyheath just before 9pm last night

An aerial shot shows the extent of the sinkhole, which opened up on a residential road in Bexleyheath at 9pm last night

An aerial shot shows the extent of the sinkhole, which opened up on a residential road in Bexleyheath at 9pm last night

Police and firefighters were met with the huge void which had formed on the residential road - though it's unclear what caused it

Police and firefighters were met with the huge void which had formed on the residential road – though it’s unclear what caused it

Photographs show the size of the hole - which spans the entire width of the road and is said to be more than 16ft deep

Photographs show the size of the hole – which spans the entire width of the road and is said to be more than 16ft deep

A police cordon was put up around the damaged section of road and officers remained at the scene to protect members of the public

A police cordon was put up around the damaged section of road and officers remained at the scene to protect members of the public

An aerial shot shows the extent of the sinkhole, which opened up on a residential road in Bexleyheath at 9pm last night

An aerial shot shows the extent of the sinkhole, which opened up on a residential road in Bexleyheath at 9pm last night

 According to residents, the motorbike rider climbed out of the hole and told onlookers he needed a taxi before running off.

Mick Stevens, 49, an aerial technician who lives next to the hole, said: ‘I parked on the road at 9pm and thought ‘what the hell is that?’

‘There were one or two people standing there looking at something.

‘Then a motorbike came speeding along and tried to jump over the hole.

‘He must have thought he was Evel Knievel or something.’

Mick added: ‘He fell into it with this big bike, then got out and started shouting ‘I need a taxi, I need a taxi’ and then ran off. The police and fire brigade were here for hours.’

 Another resident teacher Rian Bond, 44, said: ‘At around 9pm we heard what we thought was thunder.

‘Then my son said there was police tape out the front. The police said we might need to evacuate.

‘When we heard the crash we thought it was someone taking their bins out.’

Another resident of the road said: ‘I went to bed early and woke up to see people and then saw the hole.

‘The noise of it all woke me up but I work in construction so I wasn’t surprised to see the sink hole – It could happen anywhere. I’m just thankful it happened at night rather than when the kids were around.

A barrier next to the 1930s semi-detached houses has now been set up by Thames Water, cordoning off the damaged area. 

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Police were called to Martens Avenue, Bexleyheath, shortly before 21.00hrs on 21 June to reports of a large sinkhole.

‘Officers attended and cordons were put in place. There are no reported injuries.’

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson added: ‘Firefighters were called at 21:06 last night to a sink hole the depth of 5m in the road on Martens Avenue in Bexleyheath.

‘We helped make the scene safe and the incident was over for crews by 22:28.’

Neighbours said that the rider of the motorbike had to be pulled out of the sinkhole when it opened up on the street

Neighbours said that the rider of the motorbike had to be pulled out of the sinkhole when it opened up on the street

It's currently unclear what caused the sinkhole - but police have confirmed that there were no reported injuries last night

It’s currently unclear what caused the sinkhole – but police have confirmed that there were no reported injuries last night

Police cordoned off the area last night to protect the public following the massive sinkhole

Police cordoned off the area last night to protect the public following the massive sinkhole

Police and firefighters were met with the huge void which had formed on the residential road in south London

Police and firefighters were met with the huge void which had formed on the residential road in south London

Broken parts of the road were seen sinking in on themselves as the ground opened up on the street, just before 9pm yesterday

Broken parts of the road were seen sinking in on themselves as the ground opened up on the street, just before 9pm yesterday

London Fire Brigade said they were called to the scene and helped make the area safe for residents last night

London Fire Brigade said they were called to the scene and helped make the area safe for residents last night

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