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James Bulger killer Jon Venables recalled to prison

James Bulger killer Jon Venables recalled to prison

Jon Venables was 10 when he and Robert Thompson killed James Bulger
One of the killers of toddler James Bulger has been recalled to prison suspected of having child abuse images on his computer.It is the second time Jon Venables has been sent back to jail for the same suspected offence.He was recalled in 2010, following his release in 2001 after serving eight years for the murder of James, aged two, in 1993.The 35-year-old was recalled last week, it was confirmed.After hearing about Venables' recall, James's mother Denise Fergus tweeted: "Here we go again."
In a Facebook post, she wrote: "I'm absolutely fuming that once again I'm last to know, that this has happened a week ago and I only got informed just hours before it's hit the press. #JusticeForJames".
James Bulger was two when he was abducted and killed in 1993
Analysis: Daniel Sandford, BBC home affairs correspondent
What appear to be images of child abuse were found on a computer linked to Jon Venables last week, during a routine visit.He was recalled to prison immediately.The police force investigating him has not been named, as it might reveal where he has been living under a second new identity.Venables was jailed for life in 1993 for murdering and torturing two-year-old James Bulger.He was first released - on licence - in 2001, but jailed again in 2010 for possession of child abuse images.He was released a second time in 2013, at which point James Bulger's parents said they were "filled with terror".On 12 February 1993, Bulger - just a few weeks short of his third birthday - was reported missing by his mother from outside a butcher's shop in the New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle, Merseyside.CCTV images revealed he had been lured away by Venables and Robert Thompson, both then aged 10.His body was found two days later on a freight railway line. He had been stripped from the waist down, paint had been thrown in his eyes and he had been beaten to death with bricks and a heavy metal bar.
CCTV images showed James Bulger being led away by the two boys in a shopping centre
Thompson and Venables were arrested and charged within days. They were both convicted at Preston Crown Court of James's murder, in November 1993.In 2001, the pair were released from secure children's homes on life licence - meaning they can be recalled at any time - with new identities. Nine years later, Venables was recalled to prison after accessing images of child abuse and breaching his parole conditions by visiting Merseyside.He had developed drug and drink problems, started behaving anti-socially and had revealed his real identity to friends.Venables was released again in 2013 with a second new identity.
Robert Thompson was also convicted for James Bulger's murder
BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said the parole board will now have to decide whether - or when - it is safe to release him again, and will take into account if he appears to be re-offending in a similar vein.Police are investigating but there have been no charges brought.The Ministry of Justice said it could not comment on individual cases.
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