One of James Bulger's killers is reported to have been released from jail for a second time.
The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger said she feels like she has let her son down after learning one of his killers will be released.
Venables has been granted parole again. Last time, he was sent back to jail for distributing indecent images of children.
Ralph Bulger and the paternal family of James Bulger are disappointed and dismayed to have been advised that the Parole Board have decide to release Jon Venables back into society.
In 2011 the Parole Board determined that it was 'not safe' for Jon Venables to be released. It is not known what has changed. No reasons for the decision have been given.
– Robin Makin, Ralph Bulger's solicitor
For Ralph and his family the living nightmare continues and is exacerbated by the problems now created by the reckless decision to free Jon Venables without any publicly disclosed safeguards.
Jon Venables is a sex offender who has murdered once and made it clear when posing as the mother of a child that an 'ultimate thrill' for him was the sexual abuse of a child.
The authorities have already experimented with Jon Venables living a lie and it did not work.
– DENISE FERGUS, JAMES BULGER'S MOTHER
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.
He is still a huge risk and they should not let him out after just three years.
– Denise Fergus, James Bulger's mother
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.
James Bulger's killer Jon Venables is to be released from prison. The decision was disclosed to the murdered toddler's mother Denise Fergus in a phone call this evening.
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.
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."
Denise Fergus will speak via video link at Jon Venables parole hearing this morning, he was jailed on child pornography charges in 2010.
Denise has called for a re-examination of evidence omitted from the original 1993 trial which could suggest a sexual motive behind her son's killing.
She believes Venables should be in a psychiatric hospital and, if released should lose his anonymity.
James Bulger's mother will make a statement at the parole hearing of one of his killer's.
Denise Fergus will appear by videolink before Jon Venables' parole board. She's calling for them to re-examine whether there was a sexual element to James' killing.
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.
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.
James Bulger's mother will plead with a parole board later this month not to release one of her son's killers.
Denise Fergus fears if John Venables is released he could kill again. He was sent back to prison for breaking the conditions of his release.
Denise is also pleading for support for a petition to try to stop criminals profiting from their crimes.
She's worried James's killers could end up with compensation if it's proved that journalists hacked their phones.
The petition must close on Saturday - thousands of signatures are still needed.
She spoke to Granada Reports presenter Lucy Meacock, and began by telling her why her petition is so important to her.
You can see Denise's petition here.
James Bulger's mother will plead with a parole board not to release one of her son's killers. Denise Fergus fears if Jon Venables is released he could kill again.