Never before seen photos showing the inside of the abandoned detention unit where Jon Venables was kept after killing James Bulger have emerged.

Venables spent eight years at The Red Bank Community Home in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, which was eventually shut down in May 2015.

It has stood empty ever since and is usually patrolled by guards but a photographer managed to get in an take photos of what it looks like now.

Creepy pictures show abandoned toys and games, skull-like faces painted on equipment, red-splattered walls and bare cell-like rooms.

There are still murals on the walls of the former secure unit, including one of an upset child with the words ‘all I wanted for my birthday was my dad back….I got a bike’.

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There are still pool tables in the games room, and educational posters about the human body on the walls, as well as a filthy kitchen and what looks like a woodwork room.

Venables was sent to Red Bank after being found guilty of abducting, torturing and murdering three-year-old James Bulger, on February 20, 1993.

The home also held Mary Bell who strangled two boys, aged three and four, when she was 10-years-old in 1968.

The photographer, who captured the images overnight in December, said: ‘It was really freaky to be there at night. There was no electricity and it was pitch black. It is completely abandoned.

‘There is loads of stuff just left there. Old games and snooker tables and all sorts. It’s strange. It’s as if people just got up and left one day.

‘To be honest I just wanted to get out because it was eerie in there with all of its history. It was completely creepy.

‘Because of its history and who had been detained there, it had a weird feeling about being there. It was weird to see everything just left there.’

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The centre opened in 1965 and was one of several juvenile detention facilities in England.

It’s still owned by the local authority, but nobody has cleared up after the door was officially shut, leaving bikes, photos and kids’ personal belongings behind.

A poster explaining the dangers of drugs was also photographed, along with artwork on the wall which says ‘guns don’t kill people, they kill families’.

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