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Ipswich: Bunker still hidden for “security reasons”

09:00 06 February 2014

Ipswich police station.

Ipswich police station.

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The entrance to the nuclear bunker under the former Ipswich Crown Court building is accessible from the town’s police station, we can reveal today.

But what lies behind the door to the reinforced rooms must remain a secret for “security reasons” according to the police.

After we revealed yesterday that borough officials who have bought the old Crown Court building in Civic Drive could not find the entrance to the bunker beneath the building, we have heard from former police officers and employees who confirmed that the entrance is from the station next door.

One former officer said: “It is accessible from the police station, which is the only way in as far as I know. It is not that impressive.

“It was decommissioned years ago after the Cold War ended and was used just for storage. It is a time warp.

“I think the police own it or were certainly given the responsibility for it and it was never up to any modern standards other than to use it for storage.

“From memory there are at least three long rooms one was used as an identification line up and there is an access route to the side but the police station is the main way.

“There are numerous side rooms where someone would sleep. It is not deep and just below street level so it must have been doubtful whether it would have withstood a nuclear fall out or blast!

“I suspect it will be pretty run down as there will not have been any investment for some time.”

A police spokeswoman confirmed they had access to the bunker, but said it would not be possible for us to see inside, saying “security reasons” made it inaccessible.

However we should be able to get in during the spring. The Police Station is due to close at the end of next month when a new office for the police in the town centre opens in Museum Street.

The building is due to be handed back to the borough council at the end of April – and we should then get a look at the bunker.

Borough leader David Ellesmere said: “People are fascinated by this kind of thing, even if it does look pretty unexciting when you get in it!

“We shall certainly be interested in having a look – and will probably offer members of the public the chance of taking a guided tour around the bunker.”

However that opportunity might not last long – the police station is expected to be demolished to clear the site for redevelopment in the long term.

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13 comments

  • Wow! There's another Mr Cynical in town! Not sure he's as clever though. Only a silly person would put in an FoI request for somewhere that's obviously classified and imply such things of the police; especially when their IP address might let them down if they were pretending to be the real Mister Cynical!

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    Mister Cynical

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • They don't want anyone to see what is in the bunker because that is where they put Lord Lucan's posessions.

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    Andrew Berry

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • The police spokesman is obviously lost in their own self importance if they quote security reasons. Are they sure it is not health and safety or maybe it is a data protection issue. If you are going to speak you need to say something that is vaguely believable.

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    Star Watch

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • No David Ellesmere people are not fascinated by a couple of underground storage rooms that probaly had everything ripped out years ago. It was never used anyway it isn't like it was Churchill's war bunker or anything interesting. Please concentrate on sorting out the roads in Ipswich instead of patting yourselves on the backs at the council because you have found a secret room.

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    royg

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • another load from the anti police bridgade , a police station is all about security [ you cannot have every tom dick or harry wandering about unless they are police.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Having been inside it a few years ago as a contractor, It's really is not worth worrying about or going to see, you are better off visiting the larger ones in Essex, like Kelvedon Hatch.

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    john

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Could it be the place where they safely put all the 'lost & found' items so that they are not lost?

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    Brian Betts

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • There may be £70 laying down there.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • This sort of "security reasons" nonsense is what gives the police a bad name. Surely a closely supervised reporter or two could visit and report. This is just the police saying "we cant be bothered".

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    John Alborough

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I got a good idea , make use of it , put council down there , and seal it up , then employ a company to go round Ipswich and take down all the traffic light's and reinstall the roundabout's ,,bueno

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    MIGUEL100

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • There is a top secret entrance to the bunker under the battery room of the old Telephone Exchange at the other end of the bunker at the top of the hill. Under no circumstances let anybody know this sensitive information it's top secret you know, not for the likes of just anybody after all they, the great unwashed might try to get in there in case of those pinko commies nukeing the hell out of us. Get out of it!, It's not for the likes of ordinary folks don'cha know.

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    Mark Harwood

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Just put in a freedom of information request to see it. Or is it where the police DONT take people and NOT give them a good kicking..or is it where the police have hidden the money they stole ( along with other stuff they have stolen!!!)

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    Mr cynical

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • A secret bunker is no secret as in almost every government building of some size one appears, whats the door on the side of the cop shop in civic drive then. They are all over the county as well, there were roc posts in most rural settings that have already being sold for around 3 grand each. Even RAF bawdsey goes under the sea, but I suspect they have Miss Whiplash and her gear there so the judges could get in shape most secret I think.

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    a west

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

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