A man built a nuclear bunker 20 feet below his kitchen floor as he feared a Cold War missile strike.

Mike Thomas created the fallout shelter, capable of withstanding a bomb 80 times bigger than Hiroshima, to protect his loved ones.

The 300 square foot cavern had 32 inch thick concrete walls and enough food and water to sustain his family for a month.

Mr Thomas built it in 1985 when tensions between Russia and the West were at their peak.

He said at the time: "I built the shelter because I was concerned about the threat of a nuclear attack.

"Who knows what will happen in the future? It wouldn't surprise me if there a terrorist nuclear attack within the next 15 years.

''The room is incredibly strong and has everything you need inside. If the worst did happen it is exactly where you would want to be."

The man, who worked as an electrical engineer, became concerned at the nuclear threat when he served as a member of the Royal Observer Corps, Plymouth Live reports.

He built the shelter, which took six months to complete and cost £45,000, to keep his family safe at their home in Kingswear Road, Brixham.

The bunker, which did not require planning permission because it is underground, has two entrances: a shaft from the kitchen or through a fake wardrobe in the study.

Both entrances are protected by huge steel blast doors and there is also an emergency exit in case the main doors are welded shut by the blast.

The shelter, which has six bunk beds, has its own ventilation system and power supply with a diesel-powered generator and numerous batteries.

Its floors are covered with carpets and plywood sheets line the walls. The temperature inside remains a constant 12C.

The hideaway is lined with angle girders filled with hundreds of tons of concrete and steel reinforcing bars to create walls up to 32 inches thick.

It features a 1,400-litre water tank, toilet, a small hand basin, and a phone line.

Mr Thomas also stocked the bunker with enough tinned and dried food to feed his partner and son Daniel for a month.

Other facilities include a TV and DVD player, a microwave and a range of board games and books to pass the time.

The man designed the shelter to ensure it would withstand an atomic bomb attack on the nearest potential military target, the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth less than two miles away.

In 2010 he was selling up so he could downsize to a smaller property, and because he no longer believed a nuclear attack was imminent.

He said at the time: "When I built the bunker I was a young man with my whole life ahead of me. I wanted to make absolutely sure my family was safe.

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