Bulger parents launch petition

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The parents of James Bulger are seeking a meeting with Michael Howard, the Home Secretary, to discuss reports that their son's killers could be freed in eight years.

Denise and Ralph Bulger said they intended to launch a nation- wide petition to support their campaign to ensure that Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, both aged 11, serve life sentences. Their initiative follows reports that the trial judge had recommended a minimum sentence of eight years. Mr Howard said the two boys would not be released while they represented a risk.