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​James Bulger's Dad Calls For Jon Venables To Lose Anonymity

​James Bulger's Dad Calls For Jon Venables To Lose Anonymity

The father of James Bulger - the two-year-old boy murdered by Robert Thompson and Jon Venables - has called for one of his son's killers to lose anonymity, making an emotional plea on Good Morning Britain today:

"We've got to keep on top of this person [Venables] because he's just waiting to do something in my eyes," Ralph Bulger told Jeremy Kyle and Kate Garraway.

"I think it's [their anonymity] got to be removed. You shouldn't really do it [take the law into your own hands], but the murder that they done, it's in them."

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In 1993, Venables and Thompson took James Bulger from the New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle, Merseyside. They then tortured and murdered him, leaving his body on a railway embankment in the city's Walton district.

The two - who were ages 10 at the time - served eight years in a young offenders institute, and were given new identities on their release in 2001.

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However, Venables was then arrested after child pornography was found on his computer, serving a two-year sentence. He was also recently sent back to jail again on child pornography charges, after police found a laptop hidden behind his bed which contained some sickening material.

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He was sentenced to three years and four months behind bars at the Old Bailey, with Mr Justice Edis telling the court that the manual found on Venables' laptop indicated he was 'at least contemplating the possibility' of victimising children.

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The court case revealed he had nearly 400 images classed as Category A (the most severe type of child abuse material), 148 Category B pictures and 630 classed as Category C.

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Bulger continued to reference Venables' recent sentencing during the emotional interview.

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"Just makes you cringe, listening to this stuff in the court - all this paedophile stuff and the manual he had is sickening," he said.

"He should be monitored 24/7 but they can't do something because he's just waiting to do something with this manual, he's had it for a reason."

He added: "It's wrong, the laws have got to change, they need to be seriously looked at and whatever we can do now is mainly for the public, for their kids.

"You wouldn't want this person living next door to you and you'd want to know who he is but they've taken that away from you, you haven't got a say.

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"The extent of what they done to James, you've got to look at it to see how sick they really are and it doesn't come out, what they really did to him."

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Topics: james bulger, UK News, Good Morning Britain, UK

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]