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Inquiry into 'photos of Jon Venables' on Twitter

Photographs on Twitter apparently revealing the adult identity of Jon Venables, one of James Bulger's child killers, are being investigated by the Attorney General.

Images purportedly showing Venables posing with friends have now been taken down from the website but there are concerns that more have been posted on the internet, breaking a court order.

The news came two days after the 20th anniversary of two-year-old James's death. Venables was 10 when he and Robert Thompson abducted and murdered the toddler in Merseyside in 1993. The High Court made an unprecedented worldwide order banning publication of any information which could lead to the revelation of their new identities when they were released on licence in 2001.

Venables was jailed again for two years in July 2010 after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's office would neither confirm nor deny if the pictures were indeed of Venables but said it was looking into "a possible contempt of court".

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