Jon Venables 'dead' rumours sweep internet – but child killer is alive and in prison

RUMOURS have been sweeping the internet that evil Jon Venables died in prison – but the child killer is alive and well behind bars.

Venables, 39, murdered James Bulger, 2, in 1993 along with his pal Robert Thompson when they were just 10.

The twisted killers abducted the tot from a shopping centre in Merseyside before they killed him and dumped his body next to a railway line.

Fake rumours started appearing online overnight, claiming that he had been killed in Port Talbot, Wales.

But the Ministry of Justice have rubbished the claims as “absolute nonsense”, stating that they are “not true.”

Several users posted on Twitter that the killer had died after being attacked in prison, but the claims were unsubstantiated.

Various people said “justice has been served” before discovering that the rumours were not correct.

Venables is currently in a Category A prison after being caught with child abuse images, and was jailed for 40 months in 2018.

He was recalled to prison in 2017 after being caught with thousands of vile child abuse images and has remained in custody ever since.

In 2020 he made a bid to be released from prison but was denied by the Parole Board.

Both Venables and Thompson were given new names and identities after serving their sentence for murder.

The killers were held in a secure children’s unit in St Helens, Merseyside, for eight years before being released.

However Venables has been in and out of prison since the murder conviction, and was back behind bars in 2010 for downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

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