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Parole board urged not to free Jon Venables

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has urged a parole board not to release killer Jon Venables. Denise Fergus said he "remains a danger to society".

She addressed the parole board earlier today by videolink from Probation Service offices near her home in Merseyside.

Denise Fergus leaves Burlington House in Crosby, Merseyside Credit: PA Wire

Speaking afterwards Denise said:

"I still believe Venables is a danger to the public. He has proven that his rehabilitation didn't work by the offences he has committed since he murdered James.That's why I am here today, I want to do my best to keep him where he is."


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James Bulger's mother's vow over Venables

Denise Fergus will later give a victim statement to a parole hearing for one of her son's killers, Jon Venables.

James Bulger's mother has previously said that she would do, "whatever it takes" to stop his killers release.

Denis Fergus has said that she would do, "whatever it takes" to stop his killers release. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Earlier this year Mrs Fergus spoke to ITV Daybreak and said that even 20 years after her son's murder she still could not believe what happened to him.

Watch: James Bulger's mother says 'I still can't believe what happened to him'


'Disgusting' and 'far too early' to release James Bulger killer

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has said it is 'far too early' to release Jon Venables.

Venables and Robert Thompson were convicted of killing her son in Bootle in 1993.

He was recalled to prison after being found with indecent images of children in 2010 but is now applying for parole.

Denise Fergus has until January 20 to submit her objections to him being released.

Bulger killer appeals

Denise Fergus Credit: Press Association

James Bulger's mother is devastated that her son's murderer is appealing his jail sentence.

Denise Fergus has until the 20th of January to submit objections to Jon Venables being released from prison.

He killed the two year old almost twenty years ago.was jailed in 2010 after being caught with child abuse images.

it's just three weeks until the 20th anniversary of her son's murder.