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Secret Labyrinth Of Underground War Tunnels Found In Kent, England

02/08/2017 12:42 AM AEST | Updated 02/08/2017 6:18 PM AEST

Images of a labyrinth of what are believed to be secret war tunnels have been revealed - snaking right under the Thanet branch of Primark.

The ground floor of the bargain fashion store was temporarily closed after a sinkhole appeared in the car park a month ago.

It reopened on Monday, and now local group Thanet Hidden History has released these remarkable pictures of what lies beneath the rails of clothes and accessories.

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A network of caves believed to have been used during both World Wars for training exercises has been discovered under a branch of Primark in Thanet
Frank Leppard/ Thanet Hidden History
The ground floor of the store reopened on Monday

According to Kent Live, it is believed the sinkhole that opened in May may have been related to subsidence caused by the tunnels, which are thought to have been used during both World Wars for training exercises.

It adds the tunnels were first discovered by the owners of the Westwood Cross shopping centre several years ago after a similar incident.

Writing on its Facebook page, Thanet Hidden History said: “We were lucky enough to get a record of this back in 2014. Hidden history, under your feet, even on a Saturday shopping spree!”

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The true scale of the tunnels is not yet known 
Frank Leppard/ Thanet Hidden History
The tunnels could be potentially over 100 years old 

Intriguingly, in 2015 a Freedom of Information request was sent to the Ministry of Defence by Ravenside Investments Ltd – a subsidiary of the company that owns the shopping centre - in a bid to track down records of the tunnels.

The MoD is said to have responded that “no information” was held, thus leaving the true scale of the warren of tunnels unknown.

Online suggestions have speculated they may have provided a route to take injured soldiers to the nearby Haine Hospital during World War Two. According to the National Archives the hospital was established in 1902 and existed under several names before it closed in 1986.

Frank Leppard/ Thanet Hidden History
Some people suggest the tunnels may have been used to transfer injured soldiers to hospital 

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