But this is no ordinary house...
April 18, 2008 10:33 PM Subscribe
Mole Man to pay £300,000 for burrowing under home.
A retired engineer nicknamed “Mole Man”, because of his fondness for burrowing tunnels under his home (video)
, has been ordered to pay almost £300,000 to the local council (he lives in London) after his hobby nearly caused his house to collapse (article with a few photos)
. William Lyttle, 77, spent 40 years excavating a maze of tunnels beneath his 20-room Victorian property
in Hackney, East London
, before the council intervened.
"I often used to joke that I expect him to come tunnelling up through the kitchen floor," said Marc Beishon, who lives a few yards from William Lyttle's house, in 2006, when the Mole Man was first ordered to stop
After digging an underground cavern, Lyttle eventually hollowed his own house, causing the roof to cave in
. Inspectors discovered that parts of the house were supported by nothing more than household appliances and that ceilings had fallen in as a result of his extensive “home improvements”.