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Police failings over street killer

A psychiatric patient has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 37 years for killing a grandmother in a street knife attack. But the police watchdog said officers failed to carry out a check on Nicola Edgington on the day of the murder.

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Street killer Edgington was 'consistent and calculated'

A judge said Nicola Edgington's behaviour had been "consistent and calculated" as he sentenced her for life for murdering a stranger in the street. Recorder of London Judge Brian Barker said Edgington should stop blaming others for her actions and take responsibility.

You are manipulative and exceptionally dangerous. What you did could not have been more selfish.

I disagree that the responsibility for these acts can be laid on others.You made your choice and these were terrible acts for which you must take responsibility.

You have come as near as can be to having three deaths on your hands.

– Judge Barker

John Cooper, QC, mitigating, said she was a woman in crisis and had not been given the help she asked for.

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