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Bulger mother condemns parole trip

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has spoken of her fury after it emerged that one of his freed killers was allowed on an unsupervised holiday abroad.

Denise Fergus said she was "disgusted" following reports that convicted murderer Robert Thompson was permitted to travel on a "lads' trip" to Europe while on parole.

The revelation comes after it was discovered that Thompson's accomplice Jon Venables, who is now back behind bars for child porn offences, was allowed on a holiday to Norway following his release.

Mrs Fergus, 43, told The Sun: "I was told I would be informed if the terms of their life licence were varied - and I should have been. I could at least have had the peace of mind of being able to ensure that I was not abroad at the same time as them.

"Criminals get all the attention and support and the victims are largely ignored."

Venables and Thompson were 10 when they abducted two-year-old James from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, in February 1993. The pair, now aged 28, walked the toddler several miles to a railway line in Walton where they tortured and killed him.

They were convicted of murder and served eight years in prison before being freed and issued with secret new identities.

However, Venables was jailed for two years last July after pleading guilty to downloading and distributing indecent images of children. It was also revealed that he had sex with a woman carer at the secure unit where he was held as a teenager for James' murder.

The Ministry of Justice would not confirm or deny if Thompson's unsupervised holiday had taken place, but said any trip would only have been permitted following a thorough risk assessment.

MoJ spokesperson said: "Any trip could only be undertaken after extremely careful consideration and a thorough risk assessment. The dates had to be set, suitability of the country assessed and relevant officials informed."

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