- Hartlepool's Mike Hill blasted Mrs Justice Tipples's 'shocking' ruling on Thursday
- The teenage girls were 13 and 14 when they killed 39-year-old Angela Wrightson
- The put the vulnerable woman through a five-hour ordeal at her Hartlepool home
- They got life sentences in 2016 and told they must serve a minimum of 15 years
- A judge today gave them permanent injunctions - preventing them being namedA High Court judge's ruling that will keep the identities of two teenage girls secret for the rest of their lives after they murdered a vulnerable woman in her own home was branded 'shocking' and 'disappointing' today.
The killers were 13 and 14 when they put 39-year-old Angela Wrightson through a horrific five-hour ordeal at her home in Hartlepool.
The pair, who were in the hands of the care system, rained blow after blow on her using a ceramic vase, TV, printer, picture frame, shovel, glass ornament and kettle.
They paused mid-slaughter to pose for selfies, which they uploaded to Snapchat, while dancing to music videos and joking with friends on the phone.
The murderers were handed life sentences at Leeds Crown Court in 2016 and told they must serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars.
At the end of the trial, judge Mr Justice Globe refused to lift reporting restrictions preventing the media from identifying the killers, due to their vulnerability.
Their anonymity automatically expired when they turned 18, leading their lawyers to ask a High Court judge in October last year to grant them lifelong anonymity.
In a ruling published today, Mrs Justice Tipples granted the pair - known only as D and F - permanent injunctions, preventing them from being identified.
Hartlepool MP Mike Hill blasted the decision, telling MailOnline it was 'a matter of public safety' they be unmasked.
Mr Hill said: 'The murder of Angela Wrightson shook Hartlepool as the details were made public and this shock still resonates today.
'To discover that the perpetrators of such a gruesome and heinous crime have been granted life-long anonymity is frankly shocking and disappointing.
'While I understand the need to protect the identities of minors, once these criminals are of age, in most circumstances people should be made aware of their crime as a matter of public safety.
'The same level of privacy would not be extended to murderers who commit their crimes as adults.
'I know many people in Hartlepool will be as disappointed as I am by this decision today.'
The girls join notorious killers Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, who murdered two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool in 1993, and Mary Bell - who killed two young children in 1968 - in having lifelong anonymity.
Similar orders have also been made for Maxine Carr, the former girlfriend of Soham murderer Ian Huntley who was jailed for giving him a false alibi, the so-called Edlington brothers, who tortured two young boys in South Yorkshire in 2009, and Britain's youngest terrorist - known only as RXG - who instructed an Australian jihadist to launch attacks on Anzac Day in 2015.
Mrs Justice Tipples said: 'I am quite satisfied that this is a case where there is a real and immediate risk of serious physical harm or death to F at her own hand if her anonymity is not preserved.'
This is an 'exceptional' case where 'it is necessary to grant F the injunction sought in order to prevent her from being identified in connection with the murder of Angela Wrightson', she said.
The judge said the other girl was also entitled to an injunction banning her identification as one of the killers, noting that expert psychological evidence had shown that if her identity was revealed it would 'significantly increase her risk of self-harm'.
In the judgment, the judge notes it is clear there is ongoing media interest in the case and if the girls' identities were revealed 'it is inevitable that this will attract very significant media coverage locally and nationally.'
Mrs Justice Tipples also said while there is evidence of 'identifiable threats from social media and online comments', she did not consider there is 'a credible threat of violence from social media and on-line comments' which engages the two killers' rights under human rights laws.
At October's hearing, Edward Fitzgerald QC told Mrs Justice Tipples both girls suffer from 'recognisable mental conditions', adding they are 'extremely psychologically vulnerable'.
There are also concerns 'lifting anonymity would create a very significant risk of harm from third parties', he said.
Mr Fitzgerald argued: 'The claimants live in fear that, if their names are disclosed, they will be attacked. And that affects their mental health and threatens their rehabilitation, and indeed promotes the risk of self-harm or even suicide.'
Miss Wrightson suffered a horrific and prolonged attack at her home in Stephen Street, Hartlepool, in December 2014.
She was hit with a shovel, a TV, a coffee table and a stick studded with screws after she let the girls into her home.
The victim was known locally as Alco Ange and would let schoolchildren drink in her living room.
Miss Wrightson, who was 5ft 4in and weighed six-and-a-half stone, was found dead in her blood-spattered living room the next morning.
A selfie posted on Snapchat showed the defendants smiling with Miss Wrightson pictured in the background shortly before her death.
Executive Director of the Society of Editors Ian Murray added: 'What is important is that this decision by the courts to order lifelong anonymity for the perpetrators of such a terrible crime does not create a precedent.
'What is essential is that all cases must be considered on an individual basis if the principles of open justice and providing a deterrent are to be fulfilled.'
Mark Hanna, a senior journalism lecturer and co-author of McNae's Essential Law For Journalists, said the judge had made her decision on anonymity having considered detailed medical evidence about F 'which it is hard to argue against'.
Mr Hanna said: 'The judge ruled out public identification of the other murderer mainly on the ground that it could lead to F's public identification too.'
This is an 'exceptional' case due to the girls' age when the murder was committed and other factors, he said.
'It may be that people convicted as older teenagers or when adults of such horrendous crime will in future cite the risk of suicide or self-harm to argue for such anonymity.
'But if such people cannot be identified by the media, fewer details of their crimes and what made them criminals can be published.
'For such anonymity injunctions to become common would not be open justice, and would restrict debate about how crime can be investigated and prevented.'