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James Bulger's mother calls for answers over Venables

Police handout in 1993 of Jon Venables
Jon Venables served eight years for murdering James Bulger

The mother of James Bulger has said she has a right to know why his killer is back in prison, but is getting "no answers" from the government.

Jon Venables, 27, who murdered two-year-old James in 1993, was recalled for breaching the terms of his licence.

James's mother, Denise Fergus told ITV's This Morning: "I am sick of them closing doors in my face."

Justice Secretary Jack Straw has confirmed he will answer "urgent questions" in parliament at 1530 GMT.

Earlier he said he is on the "horns of a dilemma" over whether to divulge the allegations.

A number of media outlets have alleged Venables was recalled to prison on suspicion of offences related to images of child abuse.

Denise Fergus was speaking on This Morning, ITV1

Mr Straw admitted the details behind Venables being returned to prison were in the public interest, but said there was a risk of prejudicing any further criminal proceedings.

Mrs Fergus said she was "prepared to wait" for details of how Venables breached his licence.

"I do not want to prejudice a trial but I have the right to know," she said.

Mrs Fergus is to meet Mr Straw in the next couple of days and has prepared a list of questions.

The justice secretary told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "What I want to do is to look at what has already been made public... to look at that and then to make a judgment about whether there is information that given it is now out in any event we could now confirm."

Mr Straw stressed Venables was still not facing any charges and that a criminal investigation was still under way.

'Not eating'

Shadow justice secretary, Dominic Grieve, had earlier said there should be a statement to Parliament.

He said Mr Straw had tried to respond to the story and "tried to honour his commitment to the rule of law and not to allow things to be said, or openly stated, which he thinks would interfere with the legal process."

James Bulger
James Bulger was abducted from a shopping centre in Bootle

Mr Grieve said: "He faces a difficulty there, but at the same time it does seem to me now that enough has been said for him to come to Parliament and explain what's going on."

Meanwhile Mrs Fergus said Venables' recall had left her "very emotional".

She said: "My head has been all over the place. I don't know what he has done.

"I don't know whether he has gone on to kill someone else.

"I have had sleepless nights and I am not eating again - I have had to pull my kids out of school.

I think we have a right to know but I am not surprised they will not tell us

"It is just one massive rollercoaster again for me."

Venables and James's other killer, Robert Thompson, both 10 at the time, snatched two-year-old James from the Strand shopping centre in Bootle, Liverpool in 1993.

They walked him more than two miles to a railway line where they beat him to death and left his body on the tracks to be hit by a train.

They were given new identities on their release from life sentences in 2001.

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