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Extraordinary images of secret Second World War tunnels beneath Primark at Westwood Cross

PUBLISHED: 15:13 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:13 02 August 2017

Secret tunnels under Primark, Westwood Cross. Photos: Thanet Hidden History

Secret tunnels under Primark, Westwood Cross. Photos: Thanet Hidden History

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The ground floor of the shop in Broadstairs was closed over the weekend due to subsidence

Secret tunnels under Primark, Westwood Cross. Photos: Thanet Hidden HistorySecret tunnels under Primark, Westwood Cross. Photos: Thanet Hidden History

Images of a network of tunnels and caves, believed to have been used during the Second World War, hidden beneath a Kent Primark store emerged this week.

The ground floor of the bargain fashion shop at Westwood Cross in Broadstairs was closed over the weekend after a sink hole appeared in the car park, and experts suggest the underground war tunnels are to blame.

Local history group, Thanet Hidden History, posted the photos on its Facebook page, declaring it the second time in three years that the store suffered from subsidence as a result of the hidden routes a few feet beneath the surface.

It is understood requests for information have been made to the Ministry of Defence in a bid to solve the mystery of the tunnels but attempts have so far hit a brick wall.

Secret tunnels under Primark, Westwood Cross. Photos: Thanet Hidden HistorySecret tunnels under Primark, Westwood Cross. Photos: Thanet Hidden History

Primark re-opened its ground floor shopping area on Monday, as the group proudly declared its discovery of “hidden history, under your feet even on a Saturday shopping spree”.

A spokesperson for Westwood Cross added: “We, and Primark, would like to thank all our customers and staff for their patience while these works were carried out.”

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