The owner of the UK's biggest bunker building company has told how he has been inundated by new customers worried about the possibility of nuclear war.
The increase in calls comes in the week where Russia's President Vladimir Putin has said on several occasions that the use of nuclear weapons is a very real possibility.
And in the last 24 hours, Russian troops captured, and then set fire to Europe's biggest nuclear plan in Ukraine – the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant – which experts said could have created a blast "10 times larger than Chernobyl", although the blaze has now been extinguished.
Charles Hardman, who owns Subterranean Spaces, told the Daily Star: “The increase in interest is very high.
“People are expecting a makeshift bunker, but that's pretty impossible to do.
“Now they want nuclear bunkers, but they don't really know what that entails. You can't just put one under someone's home – you need the right space for it.
“I have had one woman on the phone crying to me about how worried she is over the possibility of nuclear war breaking out.”
Interest in bunkers has soared after President Putin put Russia's nuclear deterrent on "high alert".
Days later Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov warned that World War Three would be "nuclear and destructive".
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But for any Brits wishing to shell out to protect themselves, it won't come cheap.
Bunkers can range from £100,000 for a simple unit just for protection, to much bigger living space-style areas for around £500,000.
“We're getting around 20 calls per day right now,” Charles added.
According to the company's website, underground bunkers or bomb shelters need to be away from large structures and preferably in open space, so these structures, unlike normal basements, are built away from your property.
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Bunkers should be built at a depth lower than normal storage bunkers and have sufficient ground mass on top of the roof structure to prevent possible damage and contamination.
Fall out shelters also need air sealed door access and generators that will produce power for the shelter, and also require integrated air systems that can pull air through specialist nuclear, biological and chemical filters.
Built-in storage for bottled water, tinned foods and other long life provisions are considered in the design as well as toilet, washing facilities and drainage.
If you're unable to afford your own bunker, thanks to an extensive network of disused nuclear bunkers located across the UK there should be somewhere for everyone to seek shelter.
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At the height of the Cold War as tensions between the East and the West rose to astronomical levels, the UK government build a network of bunkers across Britain.
Hundreds of these grim concrete holes were constructed across the UK and kitted out with communication equipment and supplies for those they housed.
According to Subterranean Britannica, 258 nuclear bunkers remain spread out across the UK.
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