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James Bulger killer Jon Venables granted parole hearing | James Bulger murder

Jon Venables, one of the killers of James Bulger, has been granted a parole hearing, the Parole Board has said. James was murdered by the then 10-year-olds Venables and Robert Thompson in 1993 after they snatched the two-year-old from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside. The pair were jailed for life but released on licence with new identities in 2001. Venables, 40, was sent back to prison in 2010 and 2017, the latter for possessing indecent images of children, and was turned down for parole in 2020. A Parole Board spokesperson said: “An oral hearing has been listed for the parole review of Jon Venables and is scheduled to take place in November 2023. Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community. “A panel will carefully examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as explore the harm done and impact the crime has …