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A homeowner was stunned to discover a secret WWII hideout tucked away in his back garden.

Chris Scott made the incredible find when he decided to investigate the potential 'drain cover' at his home on Merton Avenue, Middlesborough.

The 40-year-old spent two days draining the cavity with local builder Tony Sizer - and both were amazed to find an solid concrete Second World War bunker consisting of two rooms and two escape hatches.

Tony had recently been renovating the property and had convinced homeowner Chris to have a further look at the flooded drain

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“It just looked like a drain cover,” said Chris.

“The neighbours had mentioned a bunker but I hadn’t thought anymore about it.

“I was talking to the builder about it while we were having a cup of tea in the garden and he said, ‘Come on let’s have a look!”

The first cavity had a 10ft ladder and was so large it took two days of pumping to remove all of the water

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“It just looked like a drain cover,” said Chris.“The neighbours had mentioned a bunker but I hadn ...

That room had an open wooden door that led to two further rooms set in solid concrete.

The first of those rooms measured four metres by three metres and the second measured roughly five metres by three metres.

At the end of that room, the pair found another door. Tony dug out the rubble behind the door and discovered another ladder.

“It’s an emergency escape ladder in case the first one was destroyed or blocked by rubble from a bomb,” said Chris

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It’s not worth fully digging it out as it’s a small area.”

Chris had been notified by neighbours about the possibility of the bunker's existence - but they had not seen it with their own eyes.

“I’ll be asking them more about it,” he said.

“We were really shocked by the size of it

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There are a lot of electrics and switches down there and lights on the wall. A big table and lots of silt that could contain anything from back then.”

Chris, who works as a managing director, currently lives nearby with his wife and three-week-old daughter while the house undergoes extensive reonvations.

It is thought the bunker had been built for up to 100 local residents to take shelter from Nazi air raids.

Middlesbrough had the unfortunate distinction of being the first major British town to be attacked by Luftwaffe bombers during the Blitz on the evening of May 25 1940

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He said he is now hoping to carry out some work on the bunker' in the future to bring it back into use.

“It’s a pretty big room and I will probably do something with it,” he said.

“If I run a trench down and put some concrete steps and get some decent it might be worth doing something

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