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Scotland newspapers: ‘Malicious’ Letby to die in prison for child killings

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“Calculating, Cunning, Cruel, Cowardly,” headlines Metro, as it includes some of the words used to describe serial killer nurse Lucy Letby at her sentencing hearing, which handed her a life sentence – meaning she did the rest will spend their lives in prison. A mother who lost a baby to Letby and whose other baby tried to murder the newborn sister described her as a “coward” for not showing up for the sentencing hearing.

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Letby’s mug shot also appeared on the front page of the Scottish Daily Express. The article focuses on the most prolific child serial killer in modern British history, who parted with “one last act of wickedness” by not attending her hearing. The Express says she “refused to appear in court and confront the distraught parents of her victims.”

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The I also reports calls for the government to force convicts to attend their sentencing hearing and hear the “devastation of the victims.” It says ministers are under pressure to order a full legal inquiry that can force witnesses to attend, rather than proceed with the announced non-legal inquiry.

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Scotland’s Daily Mail describes a “relentless stare” splashed on a mug shot of Letby. It begins with the words of Child D’s grieving mother, who in a statement on the impact on the victim said: “These lives were not yours to take…there is no forgiveness, not now, never.”

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The Scottish Sun also leads the way with Letby’s custody shot as it also makes headlines about her ‘last act of malice’. It quoted Judge Goss as saying there was “malice bordering on sadism” in Letby’s actions.

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The Times uses another image of Letby, this time smiling with a drink in hand. According to the newspaper, Attorney General Alex Chalk says the government wants to amend the law “at the earliest opportunity” to “compel the worst offenders to come to court to be brought to justice”.

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The front page of the Daily Telegraph features a smiling Letby holding a baby. The paper describes the parents’ statements about the impact on the victim as “downright heartbreaking”. The newspaper also carries an article about Sir Keir Starmer, in which he claims he cannot afford to go to university at 18. His comments suggest the party could soon announce measures to help students with rising rents if Labor wins the general election.

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The Herald reports that according to one of Which? It found that 87% of Scottish respondents to the UK survey said they would reduce energy use to cut costs.

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According to the Daily Record, a power chair footballer left behind a “shocking dossier” of bullying allegations before his death. James Doull has accused coaches of a bullying campaign, but an investigation found “no evidence” to support those claims, the newspaper said.

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Former First Minister candidate Kate Forbes makes the front page of The Scotsman for comments made during a live recording of the Edinburgh Fringe. The SNP MP said people in rural communities are wondering why the co-leaders of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, have more influence on their local economy than they do, the newspaper reports. It adds that Ms Forbes described Green Ministers as “city-centric environmentalists”.

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The press and Journal are learning more about the rift between the SNP and the Greens as they say SNP MP Fergus Ewing is “leading the fight” against the Scottish Government’s plan to phase out fossil fuel burning – which he believes poses a “serious risk” to rural communities. Mr Ewing is behind a cross-party letter urging the government to reconsider the plan, the newspaper said.

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The National leads in its criticism of Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner after she said Holyrood “would not need” labor powers should the party win the next general election. It quotes former Scottish Labor Secretary Michael Sharp, who accused the British party of “betraying” decentralization.

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A watchdog has found that NHS Tayside has not been following government guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic, reports The Courier.

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The Edinburgh Evening News cites a “rapid increase” in demand for property rentals which has reportedly resulted in tenants being “locked out”.

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The Glasgow Times cites severe dampness at the home of a 71-year-old in the city’s Mosspark – the ‘disgusting’ conditions affecting the woman’s health, the newspaper said.

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A woman told the Evening Telegraph that her “world collapsed” after an off-road biker killed her dog.

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The Evening Express features a man jailed after a ‘shop rampage’ – a clip of the man swallowing PAVA spray has been viewed 2.4million times on social media.

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And “a big argument is brewing,” says the Daily Star of Scotland, which reports that Brits see the traditional cup of tea as “obsolete” and most prefer coffee.

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