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BULGER KILLER'S pounds 250K NEW LIFE; SECOND SECRET IDENTITY FOR VENABLES.

Byline: LAUREN CROOKS

JAMES BULGER killer Jon Venables is to be given a second new identity, costing the taxpayer pounds 250,000, it was claimed yesterday.

Venables will get his secret identity when he is released from a two-year jail term for child porn offences.

He was locked up on Friday but could be freed in a year.

It also emerged yesterday that the child killer had been given special anti-surveillance training by police.

Venables, 27, already holds a false identity.

It was meant to protect him from reprisals for the killing of the Liverpool toddler after he was released in 2001 - but the Government believe it is now too well known.

In a statement referring to Venables's previous identity change, his lawyer, John Gibson, said: "His release involved a challenge, and one that has impacted on him daily ever since.

"He had a complete change of identity - he was trained by the police in countersurveillance and has had to live and hold a lie for the rest of his life.

"There was little doubt that if his identity became compromised his life would be at risk.

"A casual search of the internet shows the very real risk to his life."

Experts yesterday estimated the cost of providing Venables with a new identity, including a fake birth certificate and a new national insurance number, at pounds 250,000. Applying supervision orders would cost another pounds 1million per year.

On Friday, Venables admitted making 57 indecent images of children between February 24, 2009, and February 23, 2010, distributing three indecent photographs of children in February this year and distributing 42 indecent images of children on February 23, 2008.

It also emerged that he had posed as an abusive mum willing to sell her daughter to paedophile gangs on sites used by abusers.

In a statement, Venables said he thought about the murder of James "every day" and was "extremely remorseful" for his new crimes.

He was convicted in 1993, along with Robert Thompson, of the murder of two-year-old James while aged just 10.

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