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Jon Venables to be released back into the community

One of the killers of the Liverpool toddler, James Bulger, is to be released back into the community. Jon Venables has been granted parole again. Last time, he was sent back to jail for distributing indecent images of children.

The decision to free him has been made against the wishes of James Bulger's parents.

I am disturbed that they have handed us this information on the dot of five-o'clock in the afternoon. I got a call from the Probation Service, but they only told me that the parole has been approved and that preparations are being made for his release.

I have not been told what conditions they are going to impose and even whether he will still be banned from entering the county of Merseyside. I've been fighting for justice for James for twenty years now and I will continue to do so.

The Parole Board have made the wrong decision

Venables has shown time and again that he cannot be trusted and that he is a danger to the public and himself.

He lies and manipulates people for his own sick ends and I believe the Parole Board have made the wrong decision.

– Denise Fergus, James Bulger's mother

This year marked the 20th anniversary of James's murder. The two-year-old was abducted, tortured and killed by Venables and Robert Thompson in Liverpool.

Venables and classmate Thompson, who were just 10 years old at the time, abducted James from the Bootle Strand shopping centre before carrying out the murder which shocked the nation.

The two boys were jailed for life but released on licence with new identities in 2001.

Venables had his parole revoked in 2010 and was jailed for two years after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

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