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Images recently appeared on the social network site Twitter claiming to show an adult Jon Venables, who was released from jail on licence with a new identity in 2001.
The Attorney General said court papers will be served shortly to bring contempt proceedings against those who posted the pictures, which have since been taken down.
Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, of the High Court Family Division, made an unprecedented court order banning publication of any information which could lead to the revelation of Venables and Thompson's new identities. The details of the injunction are:
- There is an injunction in place which prevents publication of any images or information purporting to identify anyone as Jon Venables or Robert Thompson
- The terms of the order mean if a picture claims to be of Venables or Thompson, even if it is not actually them, there will be a breach of the order
- Providing details of the new identities of Venables and Thompson or their whereabouts is also prohibited – this order applies to material which is on the internet
A statement released by the Attorney General's Office says there have been images circulating online purporting to be Jon Venables and Robert Thompson. They are in breach of an injunction in place to prevent the identification of the individuals being made public.
The Attorney General has decided to bring contempt proceedings against a number of individuals who posted online photographs purporting to show James Bulger killers Jon Venables or Robert Thompson.