a woman wearing a blue shirt and smiling at the camera

 Letby joined the 10-minute hearing via video link from Blacon police station, Chester. She sat behind a desk next to her solicitor, Richard Thomas, and only spoke to confirm her name, date of birth and her home address of Arran Avenue, Hereford.

Families of the victims watched the proceedings via a video link at remote locations.

It took just over two-and-a-half minutes for District Judge Sanders to read out all the charges but no pleas were entered and Letby will appear at Chester Crown Court at 2.15pm on Friday.  

The judge, addressing the defendant, said: "Today's court hearing is for a number of matters. I won't be taking any plea today, as I'm sure Mr Thomas has discussed with you.

"These are matters allocated to the crown court, today is a preliminary hearing to send to the crown court."

On Tuesday, Chester Police said parents of all the babies involved were being kept fully updated on developments and were supported by officers.

Reference: Independent: Patrick Grafton-Green