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Sack this do-gooder; your letters.

Byline: FIONA PARKER

I AGREE with Denise Fergus - sack Children's Commissioner Maggie Atkinson.

Dr Atkinson's comment that James Bulger's killers were too young to know the consequences of their actions is an insult to the memory of James and symptomatic of the do-gooder brigade that's led to the rights of the criminal being put before those of the victim.

At 10, children are old enough to know right from wrong - Jon Venables and Robert Thompson knew exactly what they were doing when they killed James. They should have been locked up for life - not let out to start new lives at our expense.

Marie Heggarty Wirral, Merseyside

IF Dr Atkinson thinks a child at the age of 10 doesn't know right from wrong, or the difference between misbehaviour and a criminal act, she is not fit to hold public office.

The Bulger killers are murderers, just as Mary Bell was, but they served less time than Bell. It isn't the public's fault these children were brought up by unfit parents. It is, however, Parliament's fault that our human rights are ignored when it comes to being protected from these animals.

This country is far too soft on criminals. For too long we have heard the bleatings of these bleeding hearts - it's time to root out the cancer of the feral child and put a stop to yob culture once and for all.

JH Moffatt Stockport, Gtr Manchester

I CERTAINLY don't agree with Dr Atkinson that the age of criminal responsibility should be raised from 10 to 12. But I do believe children who commit offences need to be treated differently from adults.

Robert Bilson, Leicester

DR Atkinson obviously hasn't got a clue. Perhaps if she had children of her own she might realise 10-yearolds are fully aware of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong.

It's because of people like her that yobs terrorise our streets and decent, law-abiding people daren't set foot outside their homes.

F Morris, Chatham, Kent

PEOPLE who think children don't understand what they're doing at 10 don't live in the real world - youngsters are only too aware. Raising the age of criminal responsibility will give a green light to yobs who terrorise our streets.

It is the level of punishment we need to debate and how to turn their criminal behaviour into community awareness. But let's stop kidding ourselves that these kids don't understand what they're doing.

Syd Vaughan, Birmingham

I WAS under the impression we lived in one of the most civilised countries in the world and that we pride ourselves on our sense of humanity and fairness.

Why then, has there been such an outpouring of vitriol against Dr Atkinson's call for a rise in the age of criminal responsibility? Criminalising children does not help to reduce crime. It makes criminals out of young people who, with a bit of help and support, could have gone on to lead productive lives.

D Fitzgerald N London

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JAMES Bulger's mum Denise Fergus wants Children's Commissioner Dr Maggie Atkinson (right) sacked for dismissing her son's murder as "unpleasant". Dr Atkinson also said 10 years old is too young to be prosecuted. You disagree...
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 16, 2010
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