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Jon Venables: Bulger Killer Freed From Prison
Jon Venables, one of the killers of two-year-old James Bulger, has been freed from prison for the second time.
Venables was freed from prison after being locked up in 2010 for downloading images of child abuse after previously serving eight years for murdering two-year-old James in Liverpool in 1993.
Legal sources confirmed his release to the Press Association.
The killer has reportedly been given his second new identity at a reported cost of £250,000.
But James Bulger's father, Ralph, believes Venables, 31, will commit more crime, a friend said.
"He hasn't put a time on it but he is convinced he will reoffend," she said.
She added that James' family were given little information about Venables' release and Mr Bulger was told via his lawyer.
"As ever they are kept in the dark.
"They don't explain the terms of his release, I don't know whether they are going to.
"But I don't think Venables can enter Merseyside, however that was one of the conditions which he repeatedly broke before."
The toddler's mother, Denise Fergus, told The Sun that Venables is "a danger to the public".
"He lies for his own sick ends," she said.
Venables was 10 years old when he and his friend, Robert Thompson, tortured and murdered James after abducting him from a shopping centre in Bootle.
A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: "We do not comment on individual offenders."