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Lucy Letby: Nurse remanded in custody after being charged with murdering eight babies

A nurse has been remanded in custody after being charged with the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of 10 others.

Lucy Letby appeared by video link at Warrington Magistrates’ Court.

The 30-year-old was arrested for a third time on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the Countess of Chester Hospital, which began in 2017.

It took just over two-and-a-half minutes for District Judge Nicholas Sanders to read out all the charges, which relate to a period between June 2015 and June 2016.

No pleas were entered, and families of the alleged victims watched the proceedings from remote locations.

Letby, from Hereford, spoke in a strong, clear voice to confirm her name, date of birth and home address.

Pascale Jones, prosecuting, told the court there were “substantial grounds” to believe she needed to be remanded in custody “for her own protection”.

Letby is due before Chester Crown Court for a further hearing on Friday afternoon.

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