Baileys launch a red velvet flavoured tipple for the festive season

Have your cake and drink it! Baileys launch a limited edition red velvet-flavoured tipple for the festive season – and fans are going wild for it

  • The tipple can be drunk on the rocks, or mixed into a festive cocktail or coffee 
  • A 70cl bottle costs £17.99, and is available from The Bottle Shop exclusively
  • Red Velvet Baileys launched in the US in the US and was hailed delicious by fans 

Baileys has delighted fans by launching a new red velvet flavour in the UK, just in time for the New Year.  

Bottles of the Irish cream liqueur are flavoured like a cupcake and Baileys claim it tastes like it’s come ‘straight out of a bakery’.

The £16 tipple, which launched in the US in October, can be drunk on the rocks, or mixed into a festive cocktail or coffee. 

Ahead of its UK launch on in January, Baileys has also suggested using it in recipes for indulgent boozy baked treats. 

Baileys have launched a Red Velvet flavoured bottle in the UK for the festive period. Bottles of the Irish cream liqueur are flavoured like a cupcake and Baileys claim it tastes like it’s come ‘straight out of a bakery’

The 70cl bottle costs £16 and will be available from all major supermarkets.

A standard bottle of Baileys cost £14.90, making the flavour £1.10 more expensive. 

The flavour launched in the US in October, when the brand joined forces with Georgetown Cupcakes.

Since, its won over mountains of praise from fans, who have called it ‘amazing’ and ‘delicious’.  

One person wrote: ‘I’m not even big on red velvet but this Baileys Red Velvet is delicious all by itself’.

Another added: ‘I don’t know who needs to hear this, but Red Velvet Baileys is amazing’.

A third commented: ‘I want a bottle of Red Velvet Baileys sooo bad’. 

The product description reads: ‘Now you can have your cupcakes and drink them too.

‘The geniuses at Baileys have finally unleashed the boozy treat we’ve all been dreaming of.

The flavour launched in the US in October, when the brand joined forces with Georgetown Cupcakes . Since, its won over mountains of praise from fans, who have called it 'amazing' and 'delicious'

The flavour launched in the US in October, when the brand joined forces with Georgetown Cupcakes . Since, its won over mountains of praise from fans, who have called it ‘amazing’ and ‘delicious’

‘With the inspiration of the iconic cupcake, Baileys Red Velvet is swirled with their mouthwatering Irish Cream for a chocolatey delight straight out of the bakery.

‘Enjoy over ice, as a shot or as an adult treat with baking.’ 

The limited edition bottle can be ordered online now, and is expected to be shipped from December 27.

For those after their hit of Baileys before Christmas morning, most major supermarkets stock salted caramel, chocolate orange, and luxury chocolate versions of the liqueur.  

Lily Allen DELETES Twitter account amid furious backlash after saying Tories won due to UK racism

Singer Lily Allen has deleted her Twitter account as she faced a furious backlash over her claim that Boris Johnson won the election because ‘racism and misogyny run so deep’ in the UK. 

Social media users savaged the left-winger after she slammed the Tory victory this morning. One tweeted at the Labour supporter: ‘You do not speak for Britain.’

It comes after she was ridiculed earlier in the general election campaign for posting a video in which she appeared to be crying as a result of reading Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto, which today resulted in the worst result for his party since 1935.

After Allen’s account vanished from Twitter today, her critics took to the platform to mock her, with one joking that she’d been ‘unseated’.

Rich Grahams wrote: ‘What an achievement for Boris! Lily Allen has closed her Twitter account. Can I vote for you again?’

Old Sparky tweeted: ‘Lily Allen deleted her Twitter. The day keeps on getting better.’ Others speculated that her account may have been suspended.  The popstar posted a string of messages on social media overnight, slamming the Tories after it emerged they were heading for an election landslide.

Lily Allen attending the 2018 Mercury Music Prize in London in September last year

Lily Allen attending the 2018 Mercury Music Prize in London in September last year

After the exit poll predicted Labour’s worst performance at the ballot box since the 1930s, the 34-year-old tweeted: ‘Still holding out for a Labour majority’.  

But as the party’s Red Wall began to crumble and it became clear the party were doomed, she began unloading a spool of anti-Conservative tweets. 

On Instagram this morning, she posted an image of a sad face emoji and wrote: ‘Some say it was Brexit, some day it was Jeremy, personally, and I know no one wants to hear it, I think that racism and misogyny runs so so deep in this country and that Boris won because of his attitude towards those things and not in spite of them.’

The pop star, who has been singing Labour‘s praises throughout the campaign, earlier suggested Conservative supporters voted for ‘kids to die with no healthcare.’

She also implied their motives for swinging behind the Tories were to have ‘less brown people’ in the UK. 

Allen retweeted a post which read: ‘Vote for your kids to die with no healthcare and less brown ppl but the joke is capitalism needs cheap foreign workers to exploit so will NEVER reduce immigration so jokes on.’

She followed this up by suggesting the integrity of the election had been undermined by right-wing propaganda. 

The wrote: ‘Unchecked targeted bespoke propaganda. We need to start taking this seriously.’

Allen then responded to accusations of being one-sided by saying: ‘The left don’t have the resources of the right.’   

On Instagram this morning, the pop star posted this image of a sad face emoji and claimed the reason Labour lost was because 'racism and misogyny runs so so deep in this country'

On Instagram this morning, the pop star posted this image of a sad face emoji and claimed the reason Labour lost was because ‘racism and misogyny runs so so deep in this country’

The musician also re-tweeted a string of posts slamming the overwhelming majority of voters who did not swing cast ballots for Mr Corbyn

The musician also re-tweeted a string of posts slamming the overwhelming majority of voters who did not swing cast ballots for Mr Corbyn

Lily Allen has refused to accept Labour's imminent election implosion despite the exit poll predicting a crushing result for Jeremy Corbyn

Lily Allen has refused to accept Labour’s imminent election implosion despite the exit poll predicting a crushing result for Jeremy Corbyn

Corbynista Allen has been campaigning for Labour during the election and today urged her fans to vote

Corbynista Allen has been campaigning for Labour during the election and today urged her fans to vote 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is greeted by staff as he arrives back at Downing Street after meeting Queen Elizabeth and accepting her invitation to form a new government today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is greeted by staff as he arrives back at Downing Street after meeting Queen Elizabeth and accepting her invitation to form a new government today

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in Islington, North London, this morning

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in Islington, North London, this morning

When one user asked Allen if she was ok – following the tirade of tweets – she snapped back: ‘Yes, I am fine, it’s not me you should be worrying about.’

She also exploded into a sweary outburst when someone suggested that a millionaire should not be lecturing voters. 

Earlier today, she pleaded with her five million Twitter followers to flock to the polls for Mr Corbyn.

She wrote: ‘Please please vote Labour today. Things won’t get better under Tory rule.’ 

She also exploded into a sweary outburst when someone suggested that a millionaire should not be lecturing voters

She also exploded into a sweary outburst when someone suggested that a millionaire should not be lecturing voters

Allen grabbed headlines earlier in the campaign when she posted a video of herself supposedly crying at Labour’s manifesto.

With tears streaming down her cheeks, the singer tweeted a clip of herself struggling to contain her emotions after watching Jeremy Corbyn set out his eye wateringly expensive plans for government.

It came despite many of the proposals unveiled by the hard Left leader being aimed at taking money from well-off people like herself, including large increases in tax.

Her voice cracking, she dabbed at her eyes with immaculately manicured hands and said: ‘Guys I’ve just watched the Labour manifesto. I think it’s the best manifesto I’ve ever seen.’ 

The pop star, who has been singing the left-winger's praises during the campaign, unloaded a spool of anti-Conservative tweets in the wake of Boris Johnson's emphatic victory

The pop star, who has been singing the left-winger’s praises during the campaign, unloaded a spool of anti-Conservative tweets in the wake of Boris Johnson’s emphatic victory

Lily Allen reacted to today's unveiling of the Labour Party manifesto by welling up in a bizarre video

With tears streaming down her cheeks, the sobbing singer tweeted a clip of herself hailing Jeremy Corbyn's plan for government

Allen grabbed headlines earlier in the campaign when she posted a video of herself supposedly crying at Labour’s manifesto 

Ms Allen, whose fortune has been estimated at as much as £15million, filmed the post on TikTok – a viral video-editing platform – leading most viewers to conclude that the ‘tears’ may have been faked using a filter.

But it confused many of her 5.5million followers, who were left baffled whether or not she was being sarcastic or genuinely felt so strongly about Mr Corbyn’s blueprint for Britain.

In recent years, the Grammy-winner has turned to political activism and offered her backing to the left-wing Labour leader, who today published his strategy for overhauling public services by hitting the rich hard.

SMALL CAP MOVERS: Futura Medical flops in wake of clinical trial for erectile dysfunction gel

Futura Medical endured a bitter-sweet week following a surprising result from a phase III clinical trial of its erectile dysfunction gel.

In a nuanced read-out from the trial, the company’s MED2005 treatment showed strong efficacy, safety and rapid speed of onset.

Surprising was the fact the placebo produced a ‘highly statistically significant’ impact on the men in the control group, beyond that normally observed as a result of the placebo effect.

Bitter-sweet: Futura Medical endured a bitter-sweet week following a surprising result from a phase III clinical trial of its erectile dysfunction gel

The outcome meant that while MED2005 scored well on most trial elements it failed to meet its clinical endpoint against the placebo gel, a result that sent Futura’s shares tumbling 66 per cent to 10p this week.

However, that isn’t the end of the story. The placebo gel that worked so well was a Futura-developed delivery technology called DermaSys.

This, Futura reckons, should make it easier to win approval from regulators.

Analysts at Liberum agreed, saying the ‘commercial outlook is unchanged’ despite the setback and maintained their target price on Futura of 60p (current price around 9p).

The AIM All-Share rose 0.5 per cent over the week to 913, while the FTSE 100 was up 1.6 per cent at 7,355.

Another major story this week came from ad agency M&C Saatchi, which on Tuesday saw its co-founder and executive director Lord Saatchi lead a boardroom exodus following news last week that the company had discovered a black hole of £11.6million in its accounts.

Saatchi was followed through the exit door by three non-executive directors, Lord Dobbs, Michael Peat and Lorna Tilbian, all of whom have stepped down.

The shares, however, seemed to respond positively, rising 13 per cent to 111p, although this is still below the 147p level the stock was at just before the accounting problems came to light.

Major change: Another major story this week came from ad agency M&C Saatchi, which on Tuesday saw its co-founder and executive director Lord Saatchi lead a boardroom exodus

Major change: Another major story this week came from ad agency M&C Saatchi, which on Tuesday saw its co-founder and executive director Lord Saatchi lead a boardroom exodus

Software firm Sopheon suffered a shock, tumbling 19 per cent to 615p after it warned that several contract opportunities from its usually busy Christmas month had been pushed back to 2020.

Smoke alarm maker Fire Angel fell to earth after it warned that it a surge in top-line growth was, somewhat counterintuitively, causing ‘stress’ to the business. The shares plunged 23 per cent to 9.8p in response.

Language support services firm RWS sent out the wrong message to investors, sliding 4 per cent to 643p as it said a higher pound to dollar exchange had been ‘clearly unhelpful’ for its current performance, although trading in the first two months of its current year had been in line with expectations.

Among the risers, SDX Energy flowed up 6.8 per cent to 24p as its South Disouq gas field in Egypt managed to reach its targeted production rate three months ahead of schedule.

Miner Erris Resources climbed 16 per cent to 4p after it agreed to acquire 80 per cent of the Loch Tay project in Scotland, an area which contains two targets identified as having excellent gold potential.

AIM performance: The AIM All-Share rose 0.5 per cent over the week to 913

AIM performance: The AIM All-Share rose 0.5 per cent over the week to 913

Fellow gold player Greatland was shining a little brighter, up 12 per cent to 1.8p, after unveiling ‘positive results’ from a geochemical survey at its Paterson Range East licence in Western Australia.

Edenville Energy was also turning up the heat as two significant contract wins to supply washed coal from its flagship Rukwa project in Tanzania sent the stock surging 23 per cent to 0.04p.

Finally, a fintech play backed by a trio of City heavy hitters is apparently on the hunt for an AIM cash shell to reverse into.

Forex specialist FXPress Payment Services, which caters for small and mid-sized businesses, is looking to list in the first quarter of next year with a price tag of up to £25million.

Joining its board are former Interserve chairman Glyn Barker, Elliott Mannis, previously CFO of Anglian Water, and corporate lawyer, Gareth Edwards.

A look at the current list of publicly-quoted forex firms shows they have grown rapidly since IPO and perhaps gives some guide to the trajectory FXPress might find itself on.

FairFx, for instance, has jumped from £30.5million to £205million in the five years, while Alpha FX has gone from £64million to £378million in just 30 months.

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Couple who killed housemate by drowning her in the bath to claim £5,000 benefits are jailed for life

Lisa Bennett, 39 (pictured), was killed before her body was then dumped in a wheelie bin outside the flat in Weoley Castle, Birmingham

A couple who drowned their housemate in the bath so they could fraudulently claim nearly £5,000 of her benefits have today been jailed for life.

Kevin Flanagan, 39, and Kathleen Salmond, 40, murdered 39-year-old Lisa Bennett before dumping her body in a wheelie bin outside their flat in the Weoley Castle area of Birmingham.

Her corpse was then unwittingly taken away by bin men and incinerated with other waste at a council disposal plant. 

Lisa’s body was never found but Flanagan and Salmond were charged with murder after they were caught pocketing £230 a week from her benefits.

The pair managed to net a total of £4,979 while pretending that their victim was still alive.

And, in what a judge described as an act of ‘breathtaking cruelty’, they sent Lisa’s mother text messages from her phone to trick her into believing that all was well. 

Flanagan and Salmond were convicted of murder following a four-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday.

Salmond was also unanimously found guilty of preventing lawful burial and fraud which were two charges Flanagan had previously admitted.

Both were jailed for life today.

Kathleen Salmond

Kevin Flanagan

Kathleen Salmond and Kevin Flanagan were convicted of murder following a four week trial at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday and both were today jailed for life 

Flanagan will now serve a minimum of 32 years for murder.

He will also serve four years and ten months for preventing a lawful burial as well as eight months for fraud in sentences that will run concurrently.

Salmond will spend at least 27 years behind bars for Lisa’s death.

She will also serve six years for preventing a lawful burial and ten months for fraud concurrently. 

Sentencing the pair, Mrs Justice Sue Carr said: ‘They both engaged in a sophisticated web of lies to pretend Lisa was alive.

‘With breathtaking cruelty they sent texts to Lisa’s contacts, in particular her mother, suggesting that she was still alive.

‘This was joint enterprise involving violence and exploitative deception and it had tragic consequences.

‘Both Salmond and Flanagan have refused and waived their right to attend today.

‘Neither has the courage to face the court or the full consequence of their actions in public or in particular the courage to face Lisa’s family.’

The court was told how the couple murdered Lisa in the Birmingham home on or about May 9, 2013.

The couple cooked a meal for Lisa, originally from Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, at the flat before telling her that it was her ‘last dinner’.

They then drowned her in the bath and disposed of her body before calling the Department for Work and Pensions to have their victim’s benefit payments transferred into their bank account.

Flanagan’s brother eventually told police that his sibling had confessed to carrying out the crime and the pair were arrested in February 2014 – nine months after the murder.

Lisa Bennett (pictured), who was living in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham but was originally from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, was reported missing by her mother in May 2013

Lisa Bennett (pictured), who was living in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham but was originally from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, was reported missing by her mother in May 2013

Prosecutor Simon Denison QC had previously told the court: ‘It is an almost inhuman thing is it not, to treat a human body as a piece of rubbish to be thrown away.

‘These two defendants together benefited from her death, together murdered Lisa Bennett so that they could benefit as they did, and together disposed of her body.’

After the case, Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro said: ‘Flanagan and Salmond preyed on a vulnerable woman who was trying to turn her life around, they abused the trust she put in them.

‘We believe they were motivated by greed and the money they could get from Lisa’s benefits. 

‘They have still shown no remorse for what they have done.

‘Lisa’s mum has fought hard for justice over the last six years and her family have endured years of not knowing what happened to her.

Kathleen Salmond (pictured arriving at court during the trial) will spend at least 27 years behind bars for Lisa's death. She will also serve six years for preventing a lawful burial and ten months for fraud concurrently

Kathleen Salmond (pictured arriving at court during the trial) will spend at least 27 years behind bars for Lisa’s death. She will also serve six years for preventing a lawful burial and ten months for fraud concurrently

‘Sadly they will never be able to put her to rest.

‘I hope now they can find some comfort knowing that the pair responsible for her murder have been brought to justice.’  

David Parsons, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: ‘Kevin Flanagan and Kathleen Salmond have received lengthy jail sentences for the brutal and senseless murder of a vulnerable woman.

‘Flanagan will be 71 years and Salmond will be 67 years before they can be considered for release.

Kevin Flanagan (pictured arriving at court during the trial) will serve a minimum of 32 years for murder. He will also serve four years and ten months for preventing a lawful burial as well as eight months for fraud

Kevin Flanagan (pictured arriving at court during the trial) will serve a minimum of 32 years for murder. He will also serve four years and ten months for preventing a lawful burial as well as eight months for fraud

‘They befriended Lisa Bennett and then callously cut her life short causing immeasurable pain for those who loved her.

‘Lisa’s parents were deprived of the opportunity to bury their daughter and say goodbye.

‘Today, they have received life sentences for their crimes and while this can never bring Lisa back, I hope today’s sentencing brings some small comfort to Lisa’s parents who have suffered immensely due to Flanagan and Salmond’s cruelty.’

Lisa’s mother Janet Bennett paid tribute to her daughter in a statement released by police.

She said: ‘Firstly may I thank the Appeals Unit with all my heart for enabling me to finally bring this case to court, I am eternally grateful to all the barristers involved for all of their hard work.

‘Secondly I wish to thank Andrew Griffiths who was my MP for helping me and my family when no-one else would listen.

‘Not a day goes by without me thinking of Lisa and I find myself at times talking to her, this is what kept me going.

‘There are lots of people who loved Lisa and knew her for who she really was a kind, caring, loving and generous person who went down the wrong track.

‘Lisa was vulnerable and trusted the wrong people who quite clearly took advantage of her.

‘They have robbed me of the right to lay my daughter to rest, a place to go and visit, talk to her and grieve.

‘I am sure she is in a better place now and happy with no more pain.

‘I rejoice in the fact that I have now got justice for Lisa and perhaps can finally move on with life.’

Abandoned RAF base that was central to Allied defence of Britain in WWII

An abandoned base which was central to defending the UK from the Nazi Luftwaffe threat in World War Two has been left to rot for years – and has even been defaced with paedophilic scrawls and a SWASTIKA.

Eerie photos of RAF Church Fenton, the base which defended some of England’s biggest cities during the war, show the desperate level of decay on site – with Nazi propaganda sprayed on the wall of an old mess room where fearless RAF pilots would once unwind.

A derelict bar where airmen would’ve drank away their woes and toasted their fallen comrades and a rotting assembly hall, where the floors and ceilings have all but crumbled away.

The base, located near Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, was established in 1937 as the menace of Hitler and his expanding Third Reich cast a shadow over Europe. 

Eerie photos of RAF Church Fenton, the base which defended some of England’s biggest cities during the war, show the desperate level of decay on site – with Nazi propaganda sprayed on the wall of an old mess room where fearless RAF pilots would once unwind. The base, located near Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, was established in 1937 as the menace of Hitler and his expanding Third Reich cast a shadow over Europe

The base, located near Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, was established in 1937 as the menace of Hitler and his expanding Third Reich cast a shadow over Europe. It proved a pivotal role in the defence of the nation during the war years and hosted a number of significant squadrons - including the first RAF 'Eagle' Squadron of American volunteers, the first all-Canadian RAF Squadron, and the first all-Polish RAF Squadron

The base, located near Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, was established in 1937 as the menace of Hitler and his expanding Third Reich cast a shadow over Europe. It proved a pivotal role in the defence of the nation during the war years and hosted a number of significant squadrons – including the first RAF ‘Eagle’ Squadron of American volunteers, the first all-Canadian RAF Squadron, and the first all-Polish RAF Squadron

Nazi propaganda is sprayed on the wall of an old mess room where fearless RAF pilots would once unwind. A derelict bar where airmen would've drank away their woes and toasted their fallen comrades and a rotting assembly hall, where the floors and ceilings have all but crumbled away

Nazi propaganda is sprayed on the wall of an old mess room where fearless RAF pilots would once unwind. A derelict bar where airmen would’ve drank away their woes and toasted their fallen comrades and a rotting assembly hall, where the floors and ceilings have all but crumbled away

It proved a pivotal role in the defence of the nation during the war years and hosted a number of significant squadrons – including the first RAF ‘Eagle’ Squadron of American volunteers, the first all-Canadian RAF Squadron, and the first all-Polish RAF Squadron. 

It also played a crucial role protecting the Allied troops during the D-Day landings.

The disheartening photographs were captured recently by an urban explorer who said the dilapidated base has an unsettling atmosphere.

‘Having so many buildings to explore makes this site feel a bit like a ghost town, walking through long grass to get between each building gives you a feeling of being the last man on earth,’ said the urban explorer.

‘Large RAF style ‘bunkers’ still remain which give a great insight into what life at this RAF base may have been like 80 years ago. There are also several large kitchens and social rooms where officers could wind down after a hard day, and judging by the amount of bars I would imagine they were big social drinkers too.

‘In the basement of some of the buildings you can find dark bunkers with thick concrete walls, a few benches and a ladder leading up to the surface through a concealed hatch. I imagine they would have been used as air raid shelters for the ground crew during attacks – they are very cold and dark and it must’ve been uncomfortable.

‘There is also a nice little general store on site with a retro checkout counter.’

The remarkable site has witnessed more than its fair share of history, both aviation and otherwise.

Immediately post war, the station retained its role as a front-line fighter station in the defence of northern England. In April 1946, the station became one of the first in the country to operate jet aircraft, the Gloster Meteors of 263 Squadron. But sadly since then, the site has fallen into disrepair, with the floors and ceiling rotting away

Immediately post war, the station retained its role as a front-line fighter station in the defence of northern England. In April 1946, the station became one of the first in the country to operate jet aircraft, the Gloster Meteors of 263 Squadron. But sadly since then, the site has fallen into disrepair, with the floors and ceiling rotting away

It also played a crucial role protecting the Allied troops during the D-Day landings. The disheartening photographs were captured recently by an urban explorer who said the dilapidated base has an unsettling atmosphere. An exterior shot of the defunct RAF base shows how overgrown the site has become in the years since Britain's bravest took to the skies

It also played a crucial role protecting the Allied troops during the D-Day landings. The disheartening photographs were captured recently by an urban explorer who said the dilapidated base has an unsettling atmosphere. An exterior shot of the defunct RAF base shows how overgrown the site has become in the years since Britain’s bravest took to the skies

A derelict control panel from the once proud building which, during the Second World War, was was home to many squadrons and aircraft types including Hurricanes, Mosquitoes, Blenheims, Beaufighters, Typhoons and Mustangs. Some of the squadrons stationed there also flew the de Havilland Mosquito - a fast but flimsy aircraft predominately made of wood

A derelict control panel from the once proud building which, during the Second World War, was was home to many squadrons and aircraft types including Hurricanes, Mosquitoes, Blenheims, Beaufighters, Typhoons and Mustangs. Some of the squadrons stationed there also flew the de Havilland Mosquito – a fast but flimsy aircraft predominately made of wood

Some of the very first planes to be used at Church Fenton were Gloucesters – dated biplanes that were used as frontline fighters by the RAF before they were replaced by monoplanes, such as the Spitfire.

During the Second World War, the airfield was home to many squadrons and aircraft types, including Hurricanes, Mosquitoes, Blenheims, Beaufighters, Typhoons and Mustangs. 

Some of the squadrons stationed there also flew the de Havilland Mosquito – a fast but flimsy aircraft predominately made of wood which was only in service for a matter of months. 

As with all of the RAF, inevitably a number of Church Fenton aircrew paid the ultimate price in the defence of Britain. 

From above: As with all of the RAF, inevitably a number of Church Fenton aircrew paid the ultimate price in the defence of Britain. For the war's early years, RAF Church Fenton was tasked with defending the industrial cities of northern England from attack by German bombers. With the advent of radar, some of the very first night-fighters flew out of the Yorkshire base too

From above: As with all of the RAF, inevitably a number of Church Fenton aircrew paid the ultimate price in the defence of Britain. For the war’s early years, RAF Church Fenton was tasked with defending the industrial cities of northern England from attack by German bombers. With the advent of radar, some of the very first night-fighters flew out of the Yorkshire base too

Areas of the base have suffered severe water damage. The base which was central to defending the UK from the Nazi Luftwaffe threat in WWII has been left to rot for years - and has even been defaced with paedophilic scrawls and a swastika

Areas of the base have suffered severe water damage. The base which was central to defending the UK from the Nazi Luftwaffe threat in WWII has been left to rot for years – and has even been defaced with paedophilic scrawls and a swastika 

A graffiti-ed door and peeling paint within the abandoned base which was central to defending the UK from the Nazi Luftwaffe threat in World War

A graffiti-ed door and peeling paint within the abandoned base which was central to defending the UK from the Nazi Luftwaffe threat in World War

For the war’s early years, RAF Church Fenton was tasked with defending the industrial cities of northern England from attack by German bombers. With the advent of radar, some of the very first night-fighters flew out of the Yorkshire base as well.

From 1942 onwards, the base became more offensive than defensive and led many attacks on key targets across northern Europe. Squadrons which were based at RAF Church Fenton were also key in providing radar cover over the beaches of northern France during the Normandy Landings.

Sadly, despite the history of the RAF base, little remains today to remember the brave men and women who served at the military facility.

‘The buildings appear to still be standing fairly strong with only a few areas of holes in roofs or missing floors but water damage – like most abandoned buildings – has ravaged the site,’ added FreakyD.

‘It’s amazing it’s there at all though. With the price of land and housing it seems strange that sites this large can be left alone without being flattened to make way for new builds or being converted into industrial estates or offices.

The kitchen area has been ravaged by time with nature starting to reclaim the cooking area. There are currently plans to convert the convert existing aerodrome buildings into studios to eventually become film studios dubbed the 'Pinewood of the north'

The kitchen area has been ravaged by time with nature starting to reclaim the cooking area. There are currently plans to convert the convert existing aerodrome buildings into studios to eventually become film studios dubbed the ‘Pinewood of the north’

A retro checkout counter in the old base store. The base, located near Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, was established in 1937 as the menace of Hitler and his expanding Third Reich cast a shadow over Europe

A retro checkout counter in the old base store. The base, located near Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, was established in 1937 as the menace of Hitler and his expanding Third Reich cast a shadow over Europe

Eerie photos of RAF Church Fenton, the base which defended some of England's biggest cities during the war, show the desperate level of decay on site - with Nazi propaganda sprayed on the wall of an old mess room where fearless RAF pilots would once unwind after stoically defending these shores

Eerie photos of RAF Church Fenton, the base which defended some of England’s biggest cities during the war, show the desperate level of decay on site – with Nazi propaganda sprayed on the wall of an old mess room where fearless RAF pilots would once unwind after stoically defending these shores

‘I personally like the fact that a part of our history can be left alone, even in bad condition. I love urban exploring because it lets people see what they normally can’t. it takes them behind the closed doors and brings the run-down looking building to life.’

Immediately post war, the station retained its role as a front-line fighter station in the defence of northern England. In April 1946, the station became one of the first in the country to operate jet aircraft, the Gloster Meteors of 263 Squadron.

In July 1959, the station ceased being a front-line home defence station, and its role changed to that of pilot training, one which it carries out to this day which continued until the RAF left in 2013. Several of the buildings pictured had been put out of service long before the RAF decided to close the historic base.

There are currently plans to convert the convert existing aerodrome buildings into studios, with eventual plans for a ‘Pinewood of the north’