A leaking Anglian Water pipe was the cause of a sink hole a metre deep that closed a road in Felixstowe.

A spokesperson for the water company confirmed its pipe was the cause and that staff were on site in Bath Road in the east Suffolk town to repair the leak.

The road had been closed to enable the work to take place.

The hole had appeared in the middle of the street earlier this week, possibly on Tuesday, and Anglian Water representatives visited the area on Wednesday to assess the damage.

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Suffolk County Council's highways team covered the hole, measuring a few inches across, with a yellow ramp and surrounded the area with red barriers and 'road closed' signs to stop road users going near it.

The Anglian Water spokesperson said: "We are sorry for any traffic disruption on Bath Road in Felixstowe today (Thursday).

"We have needed to close the road to enable us to repair a leak which has caused a sinkhole in the road. 

East Anglian Daily Times: The sink hole in Bath Road was a metre deepThe sink hole in Bath Road was a metre deep (Image: Submitted)

"Our teams are on site from today working to complete the job. We hope to reopen the road as normal as soon as we possibly can. We are grateful to customers and road users for their patience while we carry out this essential work.”

On Thursday, the EADT reported how a Bath Road resident, who did not wish to be named, said she first became aware of the hole near the entrance to Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club when a couple of dog walkers reported it.

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Residents then put traffic cones around the hole and wrote 'sink hole' around the site so road users would avoid it.

East Anglian Daily Times: Staff from Anglian Water visited Bath Road on Thursday to repair the sink holeStaff from Anglian Water visited Bath Road on Thursday to repair the sink hole (Image: Richard Cornwell)

"I think it was more of a concern of thinking that if someone drove over it, they could really wreck their car or it could be a danger to somebody riding their motorbike," she said.

But she added most users had been "sensible" and avoided the hole.