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Bulger petition: Government will not consider public inquiry

The Government have released a statement saying that they will not launch a public inquiry into the release of Jon Venables Photo: Family

The Government have said they will not open a public inquiry demanding answers to how one of the killers of toddler James Bulger was freed to reoffend.

The news comes just days after the 25th anniversary of the Merseyside murder, and answers a public petition that had gained nearly 190,000 signatures

Jon Venables, who is now living under another identity, has been jailed for three years for possessing indecent images.

Together with Robert Thompson he murdered 2 year old James 25 years ago.

Jon Venables Credit: GTV

The Government's response read:

The offender was convicted of further offences as a direct result of robust and effective monitoring. Therefore the Government considers that a public inquiry into this tragic case is not necessary.

– The Government's response to the petition for a public inquiry into the release of Jon Venables
  • You can read the Government's full response here.