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Father of James Bulger 'filled with terror' over release

The father of James Bulger says the decision to release one of his son's killers from prison "filled him with terror". Speaking through his solicitor, Robin Makin, he added:

"Ralph fears that an innocent person may be mistaken for Jon Venables and be injured or even killed. If such occurs then Ralph will feel guilty of not having done enough to have prevented such an obvious tragedy."

Ralph Bulger, the father of James Bulger
Ralph Bulger, the father of James Bulger Credit: Press Association

James Bulger's father reacts to Venables decision

James Bulger's father Ralph has reacted to a parole board's decision to release his on of his son's killers, Jon Venables.

Through his solicitor, Mr Bulger said:

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.

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.

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Ralph Bulger 'dismayed' over Jon Venables' release

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.

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.

– Robin Makin, Ralph Bulger's solicitor

Denise Fergus: 'Board have made the wrong decision'

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

James's mother disturbed by timing of annoucement

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.

– Denise Fergus, James Bulger's mother

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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
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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Denise Fergus calls for re-examination of evidence

by - Daybreak Correspondent

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.

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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.

Watch: 'I'll do whatever it takes' to stop killer's release says James Bulger's mother

Denis Fergus has 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'

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