A retired engineer nicknamed “Mole Man”, because of his fondness for burrowing tunnels under his home, has been ordered to pay almost £300,000 to the local council after his hobby nearly caused his house to collapse.

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.

Mr Lyttle also dug out holes around his home, in which he placed a range of items including cars and boats.

Mole Man to pay £300,000 for burrowing under home - Times Online