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Shameless actress faces police probe after sharing alleged Jon Venables pictures

SHAMELESS actress Tina Malone faces a police probe and could be jailed after she appeared to identify Jon Venables online.

The TV star, 55, is accused of breaking the law by sharing a post claiming to show recent snaps of the James Bulger killer.

It was said to reveal the new identity of Venables – recently sent back to jail for downloading child porn – and that of his alleged girlfriend.

Police were last night ready to investigate the post, which is likely to have been seen by thousands of people.

A worldwide court injunction bans photos of Venables and his murder co-accused Robert Thompson being published or shared online.

They were found guilty of torturing and killing tot James in 1993.


UNDER INVESTIGATION: Police are looking into Tina Malone's post

“I didn’t have a clue it was illegal”

Tina Malone

Anyone found guilty of breaching the ban faces a two-year prison sentence.

Last night Tina admitted posting the snaps but pleaded innocence, claiming she had no idea that she was breaking the law.

She told the Daily Star Sunday: “I didn’t have a clue it was illegal. What are you going to do…prosecute me for posting a picture? I didn’t realise. I am not au fait with the law.”

Before Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were released from custody, a court ruled that their identities should remain secret.

The injunction prevents the media or individuals from publishing images which claim to be of Venables and Thompson – whether or not it is them.

The Attorney General, the chief legal advisor to the government, has said “anyone who posts images or shares them on social media is in breach of the terms of the injunction and could be sent to prison”.

Five years ago, two men were given suspended prison terms for posting images they claimed were of Venables and Thompson.

Last year, the Attorney General investigated claims that people were sharing snaps of Venables online.

Tina’s blunder and other online posts claiming to show Venables, 35, could lead to him being given another new identity at the taxpayers’ expense.

It is thought more than £1million of public money has been spent on giving him at least four new identities since 1993.

Reports have claimed more than £5m of taxpayers’ cash has been spent on reintegrating Venables back into society.

He was jailed again last month for possessing child abuse images.

It emerged last week he has already had to be moved to a segregated prison after lags exposed his secret identity using mobile phones.

Tina has been an ambassador of The James Bulger Memorial Trust and claimed she was close pals with the lad’s mum Denise Fergus.

Liverpool-born Tina shot to fame as gobby Mimi on Channel 4’s Shameless.

The mum-of-two, who has also starred on Brookside and the comedy Dinnerladies, has battled addictions to booze and food.

She was sacked from a panto last year after being cautioned by police for possession of cocaine.

She later insisted the Class A drug had been planted on her.