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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.


VIDEO Bulger mum angry over release of son's killer

The mother of Liverpool toddler James Bulger says she's angry she's only just been told that her son's killer has been released from prison for the second time.

Jon Venables, who's now 31, was freed last week after serving 2 years for downloading indecent images of children.

Denise Fergus told the parole board she believed he was still a danger to the public.

It's understood Venables is now living under his fourth new identity.

Elaine Willcox reports:


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