Ex-Met Police boss calls for chemical castration of paedos like Jon Venables

The ex boss of the Met Police has called for the chemical castration of paedophiles like "evil" child killer Jon Venables.

Venables and pal Robert Thompson, both aged 10, horrifically murdered two-year-old James Bulger on a railway line in Walton, Merseyside. The pair, who snatched the toddler from a shopping centre in Merseyside in 1993, spent eight years behind bars before they were released in 2001.

While Thompson has reportedly not reoffended, Venables has since been recalled to jail twice, in 2010 and 2017, after being caught with sickening child abuse images. On Wednesday (December 13), it was announced that the 41-year-old's bid for freedom was rejected by a parole board, providing huge relief for his victim's family.

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And ex-Detective Chief Inspector Mike Neville described Venables as "evil personified" and said he believes he, and others like him, should be castrated.

Speaking with TalkTV's Mike Graham, he said: "He is evil personified. You talk about nature versus nurture. This is a case of nature, in my view. Venables is evil, he has evil blood in him.

"They will never stop him, whatever programmes he goes on, whatever he does. Whenever he is released he will find a way to abuse children, and so he must never be released in my view.

"This is what I'm saying about evil being in their veins, they just can't help themselves."

He then earmarked castration, but said it wouldn't totally solve the problem.

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He said: "We can do all sorts of chemical castration, whatever else, maybe that could play a part, but these wicked desires will always be there.

"And there simply isn't enough enough probation officers and police officers to monitor them all the time. We see criminals taking tags off, there's all this talk of using electronic devices.

"The best way to stop people like Venables – and him in particular – committing offences against children is to lock him up and throw away the key, it's that simple.

"It costs money but how much value do we put on the innocence of children's lives?"

James' mum, Denise Bulger, was at the counter of a butchers in the Strand shopping centre in Bootle, Liverpool, on February 12, 1993, when she briefly let go of her son's hand to get some change from her purse.

When she turned around moments later, her son was gone. CCTV footage showed the innocent toddler being led away by Venables and Thompson to a disused railway track near the police station.

The murderous duo then tortured James and hid his body under bricks. Security launched a search for James and his family looked for their son overnight. Three days later his body was found, and three days after that a tip-off came from a shopkeeper who had seen two boys playing truant on the day James went missing and gave police two names – Jon Venables and Robert Thompson.

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