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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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Killer walked from mental health unit to buy a knife

CCTV of Nicola Edgington in Asda after she has bought the knife (in plastic bag), walking towards the toilets where she concealed the blade. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Street killer Nicola Edgington walked out of a mental health unit to buy a knife at a supermarket before she attacked two women.

She had been taken to Oxleas House in Woolwich, London, but walked out soon afterwards and later complained that staff kept tapping on a computer.

Judge Brian Barker, who sentenced her to life, said: "It is unfortunate that the shift was changing and one of the doors was faulty."

Edgington then took a bus to Bexleyheath, in London, and bought a knife from an Asda supermarket.

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