A son has claimed his dead parents' Whitton home has Nazi treasure buried under a pond in the garden.
As the housing slump bites estate agents at Whitton firm Your Move could not believe their luck when light entertainment producer Michael Hurll walked through the door to talk about selling the family home in Montrose Avenue following the death of his parents.
The 1930s three bedroom semi, which is on the market for £399,950, is said to have once been owned by the German Embassy and his parents told him that after they bought the property, random Germans kept turning up offering to take it off their hands.
Mr Hurll's parents Fred and Elsie bought the house in 1945 and he said the first time they viewed it they saw a gold-plated bust of Hitler on the sideboard and a silver and gold plate.
When they returned a month later the bust and other items had gone and a reinforced D-shaped pond had been built in the garden.
And he sensationally claimed the family's details, including the house's location and the name of his school, were among papers retrieved by Allied Forces in Berlin.
Throughout his life, Mr Hurll's parents always maintained Nazi memorabilia was buried under the pond.
He attempted to dig it up a few years ago but was unable to drill through 15 inches of concrete.
The Kingston Hill resident now hopes that someone with a metal detector may come forward and help unravel the mystery.
“Before my mother died on New Years Eve aged 100, she said don't sell the house until you look under the pond," he said.
“We have tried to dig it but were beaten. There is definitely metal below it.Is there secret treasure there, papers, or a body? We just don't know.”
The house was under offer but the sale fell through, and it is now back on the market with a £50,000 price reduction.
Alan Jones, sales manager at Your Move, said: “In a normal market a house like this would go within two weeks, but it is languishing. But this is a very unique selling point."