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Last Updated: Sunday, 1 June, 2003, 15:32 GMT 16:32 UK
Prices rocket for nuclear bunkers
Hawkshead nuclear bunker
The bunker in Hawkshead has spectacular views from above
A disused nuclear bunker in Cumbria has sold for 25,100 on an online auction site.

The bunker, at Flookburgh, in the Lake District, was one of three in Northumberland and Cumbria being sold on the internet site eBay.

At 1630 BST on Sunday, a bunker at Hawkshead, also in the Lake District, had 41 bids, the highest of which was for 13,100.

And a bunker at Stannington, Northumberland attracted 31 bids, the highest of which was 5,600.

Cold war

The auctions were due to end at 1730 BST and 2000 BST on Sunday respectively.

Each bunkers was designed to house a three-man monitoring team 15 feet underground.

The sites, which have no gas, electricity or water, are being tipped as the latest must-have investment opportunity.

Chartered surveyors JH Walter are handling the sale of the bunkers, which started on 22 May.

The bunkers, decommissioned at the end of the Cold War, are all set in land 15 yards by 20 yards, with a ventilator shaft and an access shaft leading to two rooms - one housing beds, desks and equipment, and the other a toilet.

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