Jamie Bulger's father urges Parole Board to prevent Jon Venables from 'harming children again' ahead of killer's release

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The father of murdered child James Bulger has urged the Parole Board to prevent one of his son’s killers from having the chance to “harm young children again” ahead of his impending release. 

Ralph Bulger has told the Daily Mirror that the “predatory killer” formerly known as Jon Venables will be eligible for parole within weeks, and will leave prison with a new identity.

Two-year-old James Bulger was tortured and killed by Venables and Robert Thompson, who were both aged 10, after they snatched him from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, in February 1993.

Mr Bulger said: “Venables is up for parole any time now, and if it is granted he will be released into the community under a fake name and secret new identity. He is a dangerous, predatory child abuser and killer, and I am terrified he will strike again and harm another child like my James.”

Venables and Thompson were jailed for life but released on licence with new identities in 2001.

Venables, 36, has been returned to prison in 2010 and 2017 for possessing indecent images of children.

He is currently serving a 40-month sentence.

Mr Bulger said he had warned against Venables’ release in 2013 but the parole board were “hoodwinked” into thinking the killer was reformed.



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