Venables Tweeters to be charged with contempt

A number of people are to face contempt charges after allegedly posting up-to-date images of child killer Jon Venables on Twitter.

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Attorney General Dominic Grieve has said that court papers will be served shortly. A statement says: "There are many different images circulating online claiming to be of Venables or Thompson – potentially innocent individuals may be wrongly identified as being one of the two men and placed in danger. The order, and its enforcement, is therefore intended to protect not only Venables and Thompson but also those members of the public who have been incorrectly identified as being one of the two men."

Venable seen here on the left, is now 30 years old. He was 10 when he and classmate Robert Thompson abducted and viciously murdered two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool in February 1993. They were jailed for life but released in 2001 under the protection of a court order banning publication of information which could reveal their new identities. Venables, however, had his parole revoked in 2010 after admitting downloading child porn.

The Attorney General has warned that breaches of the order may be a contempt of court punishable by a jail sentence or fine.

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