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'There are big misconceptions about what I do': The secret life of an urban explorer

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Navigating the neglected hallways of an old hospital in Withington as a child is what initially sparked Matt's interest in exploring abandoned buildings.

Aged just 11 and 'looking for something to do' with his cousin, the youngsters stumbled across a doorway to the unknown. It would lead them along crumbling halls, through a morgue and operating rooms, unmasking a forgotten history.

Ever since, self confessed urban explorer Matt, from Rochdale, has spent his adult life travelling all corners of the country, including Greater Manchester, revealing a rarely seen glimpse into the insides of buildings which have sat empty and unloved for decades. READ MORE Residents in £900-a-month 'luxury' Salford apartments say they're living in rat-infested 'squalor' "There are big misconceptions about what I do," Matt tells the Manchester Evening News . "I am not trying to encourage people to put themselves in danger or take any risks.

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