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Denise Fergus, the mother of James Bulger, says the report is a cover-up

The mother of James Bulger said she felt betrayed by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke as she criticised the findings of an inquiry into the supervision of her son’s killer as a “classic cover-up”.

Denise Fergus said the report, which found only 24-hour surveillance could have stopped Venables collecting child pornography, was a “cover-up based on cover-ups written in the past and that’s a fatal mistake”.

She said Mr Clarke was “making a big mistake trying to brush this under the carpet” and called for childkillers and sex offenders to be tightly monitored and restricted in the future.

“The fact is that they have bent over backwards, did everything possible to support Venables and feathered him with a new life and the best of everything,” she said.

“The truth is Venables is devious, cunning and dangerous. He cannot be trusted and that is what they need to remember.

“If he ever gets out on parole again, they are going to need to keep him on a very short leash.”

Mrs Fergus said she received a letter from Mr Clarke earlier in the year saying he would no longer be dealing with her directly and asking her to speak to the probation service.

“He has accepted this report and its a classic cover-up,” she said.

“But he should take the time to think it through personally. With Venables he’s playing with dynamite and if he is not careful it will blow up in his face.”

She added she wants to meet Mr Clarke to convince him that “accepting this whitewash is adding another mistake in the long list of mistakes in this case”.

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