Thatcher's "battle bus" sells for nearly £17,000

Margaret Thatcher Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An armour-plated bus believed to have been used by Margaret Thatcher has sold for nearly £17,000.

The 28-tonne "battle bus" is thought to have been built in the 1980s for the former prime minister's Northern Ireland tour.

The estimate had been £10,000, and went to a vehicle collector at an auction in Northamptonshire.

The bus has a blast-proof floor and armour-plated glass as well as a bomb-proof armour-plated body.

It was thought to be safe from chemical, biological and nuclear attacks.