NURSE Lucy Letby has entered not guilty pleas at Manchester Crown Court to the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of 10 others.

Letby, 31, repeated “not guilty” 18 times as the charges were put to her over a videolink from HMP Peterborough where she is on remand.

Letby is alleged to have murdered five boys and three girls while working at the neonatal unit of Countess of Chester Hospital.

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

After entering her pleas, the defendant, of Arran Avenue, Hereford, sat listening to hearing, which dealt largely with administrative matters.

Reporting restrictions are still in place ahead of the trial, which is now scheduled for October 2022.