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Bulger killers contempt action

The Attorney General is to bring contempt proceedings against people who posted online photographs purporting to show James Bulger killers Jon Venables or Robert Thompson.

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The terms of the Venables-Thompson injunction

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

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