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Two-year old James Bulger from Kirkby, Merseyside, was abducted from a shopping mall and tortured by two 10-year old boys, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, who left his body on railway line to be cut in half by a train. They were arrested, tried and convicted in an adult court; Justice Morland declared that they had been found guilty of an act "of unparalleled evil and barbarity".