In 1993, two ten year old boys abducted, tortured and murdered toddler James Bulger.
After serving eight years in prison, the parole board recommended the release of the two boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables.
This caused great public outcry and there was a strong desire for retribution, particularly among the Bulger’s local community in Merseyside.
There was a real fear that the boys could be attacked and murdered upon release. For this reason they were given new identities and the press was banned from revealing their whereabouts.