A pensioner with a life-time fear of being buried alive has designed a coffin with an in-built alarm system.

Frenchman Angel Hays, 87, has suffered from taphephobia - the fear of being buried alive - since he was 20.

He was involved in a traffic accident that left him so badly injured his family believed he was dead.

Now the octogenarian has built his own coffin that will ensure his survival if he is buried prematurely.

It features an alarm system that can be heard from up to 500 metres away if there is the slightest movement within the coffi