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WW2 bunker found under Middlesbrough back garden

image captionThe bunker was partially flooded and had to be cleared of water

A hidden World War Two bunker has been discovered under the back garden of a house in Middlesbrough.

Chris Scott was having his Marton Avenue home renovated when he decided to investigate what he thought was a drain cover.

But it turned out to be the entrance to a concrete-lined, two-room bunker, big enough for more than 50 people.

The married father-of-one, 40, said he plans to turn the bunker into a wine cellar or an office.

"Our neighbours had mentioned something about a bunker, but to be honest we didn't think any more about it," Mr Scott said.

"When my builder suggested having a look at what was under the cover, we opened it up and saw a 10ft metal ladder leading down into the darkness.

"We initially used our mobile phones to look round and couldn't believe what we saw."

image captionMr Scott thought he had a drain cover in his garden
image captionMr Scott says the bunker is big enough for at least 50 people
image captionA wooden door separated the bunker's two rooms
image captionA makeshift wooden table was found in one of the rooms

The bunker was partially filled with water, but after it was drained two rooms measuring about 4m x 4m were revealed, which were separated by a wooden door.

A homemade wooden table had also survived.

Mr Scott added: "We expected it to be quite small, but once we got through the metal blast door were were very surprised.

"There were still a lot of electrics in place and some snorkel-type devices which must have there to help people breathe."

It is thought the bunker was used to hold people during bombing raids.

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