Venables admits possessing child abuse images

Jon Venables, the killer of toddler James Bulger, has admitted possessing indecent images of children for a second time.

Venables, who was released on licence in 2001 after serving eight years in prison for the murder of the two-year-old, was sent back to prison in November after he was caught with the pictures.

Appearing via video link from custody during a hearing at the Old Bailey in London, he pleaded guilty to having indecent images of children and possessing a paedophile manual.

Venables admitted possessing a total of 1,170 indecent images: 392 judged to be in category A (the most serious), 148 from category B and 630 from category C.

James Bulger, who was aged two when he murdered by 10-year-olds Jon Venables and Robert Thompson in Bootle, Merseyside in 1993

Image: James was led away from a shopping centre while his mother was distracted

Venables and his classmate Robert Thompson abducted, tortured and killed James in Bootle, Merseyside in 1993.

They were both aged 10 when they killed the toddler in a crime that shocked the country due to its barbarity.

Venables and Thompson led Bulger away from a shopping centre while his mother was distracted, tortured him and left him to die on railway tracks.

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The pair were given lifelong anonymity with new identities when they were freed on licence.

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