Inside cushy New Hall prison where Lucy Letby will die – where Rose West was jailed and inmates are treated as equals | The Sun09/25/2023
THE jail where serial killer nurse Lucy Letby faces dying behind bars has been revealed.
She is being held at HMP New Hall in Flockton, West Yorkshire, which has also been home to Rosemary West and where prison chiefs have said inmates are treated as equals.
The 33-year-old baby murderer appeared at a court hearing via videolink from a room at the jail.
Letby faces a retrial on an outstanding allegation she attempted to murder a baby girl.
She was sentenced to a whole life order last month after being convicted of murdering seven babies.
She carried out her crimes in 2015 and 2016 in the neonatal unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital in Cheshire.
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The Crown Prosecution Service today said it wanted to pursue a retrial on an outstanding charges.
Letby is accused of attempting to murder a baby girl known as Child K in February 2016.
A provisional trial date of June 10 next year was set for Manchester Crown Court, with an estimated length of two to three weeks.
This morning's hearing revealed she was being held at HMP New Hall, whose other inmates have included serial killer Rosemary West who was moved there in 2019.
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Letby attended the hearing from a conference room at the jail, sitting behind a desk and speaking only to confirm her name.
The approach taken by warders at the prison was previously revealed by former governor Diane Pellew.
She told the Guardian in 2015: "I treat everybody exactly the same.
"Doesn’t matter who I’m speaking to – one of the women, a member of staff – it’s exactly the same."
Julia Spence is now in charge of the 381-capacity jail, which holds female prisoners as well as young offenders.
The prisons watchdog called New Hall an "overwhelmingly safe and respectful place" after an unannounced inspection visit last November.
Chief Inspector of Prisons Charlie Taylor highlighted what he called "reasonably good" work to promote rehabilitation.
His report also praised specialist facilities including a mother-and-baby unit and another for women with personality disorders.
Yet he did criticise "excessive" security checks and the "limited" activities on offer, with a third of women there locked in their cells during the working day.
Letby is Britain's fourth woman to be given a whole life order, afterkillers West, Moors Murderer Myra Hindley and Joanna Dennehy
The ex-nurse refused to attend court when the judge delivered his sentence last month, prompting families' anger.
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There were also tears in court as families of her victims read powerful victim impact statements.
It was believed Letby was at HMP Low Newton in County Durham before it emerged in court she was at New Hall instead.
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