Nurse Lucy Letby appears in-person for first time accused of murdering 8 babies

Pictures show a nurse accused of the murders of eight babies arriving at court for her first in-person appearance.

Lucy Letby is accusing of a year-long killing spree at a hospital neonatal unit.

Today she appeared in the dock of a courtroom for the first time.

Pictures show a white police van with blacked out windows, believed to contain Letby, arriving at Chester Crown Court.

The 30-year-old is alleged to have murdered five boys and three girls while working at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

She is also accused of the attempted murder of five baby boys and five baby girls, all between June 2015 and June 2016.

All of the victims cannot be named for legal reasons.

On Thursday Letby, of Hereford, appeared via video link before Warrington magistrates. No plea was entered. The case was referred to the crown court.

Today – Friday – she has appeared in person in the dock at Chester Crown Court.

Letby, wearing grey jogging bottoms and a grey sweatshirt, spoke only to confirm her name.

All of the alleged victims were under the age of one.

An investigation was launched in 2017 following the deaths at the hospital’s neonatal unit.

Shortly before 3pm today, the hearing was adjourned and Letby was escorted out of court.