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‘World’s End’ murders reinvestigated under Double Jeopardy legislation

The ‘World’s End’ murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie are being investigated by Lothian and Borders Police following a review by prosecutors, the Crown Office has confirmed.

The Police have been instructed to carry out further investigation into the murders under the Double Jeopardy legislation introduced in November last year.

A Crown Office spokesperson said: “Whilst it is not appropriate to comment or speculate on the live investigation into these murders, the public can be assured that where there is new, compelling evidence of guilt, the length of time since committal or acquittal should offer no protection.

“We are committed to using the powers under the new Double Jeopardy legislation; we hope that this commitment will give reassurance to the families of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie.”

Other cases are currently under review by the Solicitor General, Lesley Thomson QC, which may be able to be prosecuted anew under the Double Jeopardy Act. The Crown is actively reviewing and examining potential cases as part of a programme under the new legislation.