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Football match to raise funds for James Bulger charity

Twenty five years on from the murder of James Bulger, his mother is hoping he will be remembered for a different reason.

His name is at the centre of a charity which supports young people who have been a victim of crime, bullying or bereavement.

Now, for the first time, a football match will raise funds for the James Bulger Memorial Trust - and a whole host of celebrities are taking to the pitch to help.

Our Merseyside correspondent Andy Bonner reports.



James Bulger's mother marks anniversary of his death

James would have celebrated his 25th birthday last month. Credit: Press Association.

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has posted a poignant tweet to mark the anniversary of his death.

Two-year-old James was abducted and murdered on 12 February 1993 by two ten-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables.

Last month he would have celebrated his 25th birthday.

In his memory Mrs Fergus, from Kirkby, set up the James Bulger Memorial Trust, a charity which provides free holidays for bereaved children, youngsters who are crime victims or who have done good for others.

She's currently planning a black tie and tiara ball to raise funds for its work.

Mrs Fergus set up a charity in James's memory. Credit: Press Association.

Police take no action over alleged James Bulger tweets

A man arrested for allegedly sending offensive tweets about the murder of James Bulger will face no further police action.

Sussex Police said the 62-year-old who was held was unconnected to the tweets about the two-year-old murdered in Liverpool in 1993.

He was detained at a property in Clinch Green Avenue, Bexhill, near Hastings, East Sussex, on May 22, contrary to the Malicious Communications Act 1993.

A police spokesman confirmed that he has now been stood down from police bail and been told officers will be taking no action against him.

He said: "Inquiries have now established that he was unconnected with the tweets. No further inquiries are being carried out in Sussex in relation to this matter."

Bulger's mother condemns lifetime anonymity for under 18's

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has condemned a call to grant lifetime anonymity to killers convicted under the age of 18.

A High Court judge has been asked to rule on a submission from a top barrister that children who kill should never be named in the media.

Denise Fergus said it was wrong to hand a "get out of jail free card" for anyone convicted of serious crimes.

Denise warned that a blanket extension of anonymity could cost millions of pounds a year to enforce.

She added: "It's completely unworkable. If a young killer's name was used in a tweet his anonymity would be broken.

"They would have to give him a new false identity, like they have with Venables and Thompson.

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