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Great British Bake Off presenters fend off sabotage claims

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It is perhaps the most British of scandals.

But claims of baking sabotage rocked the Great British Bake Off on Wednesday evening after Iain Watters became the latest contestant to be sent home, following a meltdown where he threw his molten baked alaska in the bin. Hundreds took to social media after the 31-year-old was dismissed by judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry for failing to present a dessert, with many declaring their decision unfair.

The Great British Bake Off 2014

Others claimed the Northern Irish construction engineer had been the victim of sabotage after fellow contestant Diana Beard had apparently removed his pudding from the freezer and left it to defrost. The barrage of online outrage from the British public prompted Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins to jump to Beard’s defence on Twitter.”Iain’s alaska was out of the freezer for 40 secs,” she wrote. “That’s it. No sabotage. 40 secs of normal temp would NOT be enough to reduce it to liquid.”


On Twitter #justiceforiain, #bringiainback, #bingate, poor Iain and baked alaska were all trending for most of the evening. “How can you take somebody’s ice cream out of the freezer? Not only should she be eliminated for that, she should also be arrested,” wrote Daz Gale, while another user tweeted: “Justice for Iain and a thousand lashes for the ice cream melting super-villain Diana.”