Lucy Letby: Friends question how 'kind and geeky' nurse could be suspected child killer

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Officers examine Lucy Letby’s home in Chester. Police have said that the investigation is “very much ongoing”Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Growing up in the quaint cathedral city of Hereford on the England-Wales border, Lucy Letby was the quiet unassuming schoolgirl with long blonde hair that had always wanted to be a nurse.

Friends described her as one of the “geeky girls” who was part of a self-styled group known as the “miss-match family”. At university she was always the first home on a night out, taking her studies seriously, and until this week none of her friends had questioned the 28-year-old’s dedication to caring for babies. Now she is suspected of being one of the country’s most prolific child killers.

Following a 6am raid at her home on Tuesday, a mile from the Countess of Chester Hospital where she worked, Ms Letby was arrested on…

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