Bulger killers could remain hidden

Denise Fergus condemns calls for anonymity

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Bulger's mother condemns lifetime anonymity for under 18's

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has condemned a call to grant lifetime anonymity to killers convicted under the age of 18.

A High Court judge has been asked to rule on a submission from a top barrister that children who kill should never be named in the media.

Denise Fergus said it was wrong to hand a "get out of jail free card" for anyone convicted of serious crimes.

Denise warned that a blanket extension of anonymity could cost millions of pounds a year to enforce.

She added: "It's completely unworkable. If a young killer's name was used in a tweet his anonymity would be broken.

"They would have to give him a new false identity, like they have with Venables and Thompson.

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