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James Bulger Killer Jon Venables ‘Back In Prison Again Over Child Abuse Images'

'I predicted he would reoffend.'

23/11/2017 13:47 GMT | Updated 23/11/2017 16:23 GMT

Child murderer Jon Venables has been recalled to prison after he was reportedly caught with child abuse images for a second time. 

Venables, who along with Robert Thompson tortured and killed toddler James Bulger in 1993, was arrested last week, according to The Sun.

Officials are said to have found indecent material on a computer during a routine check at his home.

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Jon Venables killed toddler James Bulger along with Robert Thompson 

The reported arrest follows an incident in 2010 when Venables was sent back to prison for downloading and distributing child pornography.

Now 35, Venables is subject to life-long licence conditions for his role in the murder of two-year-old James when he and Thompson were just 10-years-old.

A source close to the investigation told The Sun: “It’s all about protecting the public.

“We have these systems so those who could be a risk to the public are picked up.

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James Bulger was murdered in 1993 

“That’s what happened here.”

As reports emerged on Wednesday night, James’s mother Denise Fergus tweeted: “Here we go again.”

In a statement to Sky News, she added: “Venables has now proven beyond any doubt what a vile, perverted psychopath he has always been.

“I predicted Venables would re-offend unless they kept a very tight rein on him and I pray that now, someone from the UK government will finally listen to me.”

James was beaten to death after haunting CCTV captured the boys coaxing him away from his mother in a shopping centre. 

After serving eight-year sentences for James’s murder, Venables and Thompson were granted life-long anonymity that saw them released under new identities in 2001.

Venables went on to offend again, including arrests for affray and possession of cocaine in 2008.

In 2010, he was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to downloading images of child abuse.

Venables, who was reportedly given a second new identity after his first alias was revealed, was granted parole in 2013.

In response to his latest reported offending, a Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “We do not comment on individuals.”