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That marks the end of our live coverage of the Sadie Hartley murder trial. For further information, take a look at the news story.

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Sadie Hartley killing: Women jailed for murdering love rival

A woman who stabbed a love rival to death in a "cold-blooded" murder plot she orchestrated with a friend has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.

Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh
Lancashire Police

Sarah Williams, 35, stunned Sadie Hartley with a cattle prod and stabbed her 41 times in an "orgy of violence".

She attacked Ms Hartley, 60, at her home in Helmshore, Lancashire, in a bid to win back ex-lover Ian Johnston.

Her accomplice, Katrina Walsh, was also jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years.

Sadie Hartley murder: Killing was 'brutal, evil and cowardly attack'

Sadie Hartley's partner Ian Johnston broke down halfway through speaking outside the court after her killers had been jailed for life.

No sentence imaginable can ever replace Sadie and everything she lived for. She was kind, loving, thoughtful, intelligent and the best friend anyone could have.

The brutal, evil and cowardly attack perpetrated against defenceless Sadie tore into our families, friends and the communities we live in. There can be no forgiveness for such vile behaviour.

I need to reflect, grieve for Sadie and hopefully find the means to rebuild my life.

Sadie Hartley murder: Victim's partner condemns killers' 'vile behaviour'

Sadie Hartley murder: Victim's son says mother was 'amazing inspiration'

Sadie Hartley murder: Judge comdemns 'planned and rehearsed' murder

In sentencing Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh for the murder of Sadie Williams, the judge Mr Justice Turner told them the businesswoman had "died for your amusement".

He said:

The meandering and over-elaborate planning served to heighten your pleasure by deliciously postponing your ultimate and inevitable gratification.

Doubtless, the features of secret agent-style intrigue carried with them elements of fantasy but this was no harmless world of make-believe, it was a game of death.

I am in no doubt that her murder was planned and rehearsed down to the finest detail.

The murder method you adopted involved not only taking a knife to the scene but invading your victim's home at night and slaughtering her like an animal by first incapacitating her with a massive electric shock to the head and then hacking and slashing her to death with almost unimaginable ferocity.

Sadie Hartley murder: 'Premeditated act against a defenseless lady'

Speaking outside Preston Crown Court, Det Sup Paul Withers from Lancashire Police said Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh's crime "was a premeditated act against a defenseless lady".

Det Sup Paul Withers
BBC

Sadie Hartley murder: The scene outside the court

Dave Guest

Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight

I'm at Preston Crown Court where the media is awaiting family reaction to jailing of killers Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh.

Media outside Preston Crown Court
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Sadie Hartley murder: 'My mum will never see me get married or meet my children'

Ahead of the sentencing at Preston Crown Court today, Sadie Hartley's children read out victim impact statements.  

Sadie Hartley
Lancashire Police

Williams showed no emotion and Walsh sat with her head bowed as Sadie Hartely's daughter Charlotte told the court:

I cannot explain how much pain this has brought to my family. The two women who murdered my mum plotted for months. I don't know how a human being can do this to another.

My mum will never see me get married or have a chance to meet my children.

Her son Harry described Walsh and Williams as "utterly dangerous creatures".

The jury of 8 women and 3 men deliberated for seven hours and nine minutes before returning a guilty verdict at the end of the seven-week trial.

Sadie Hartley murder: Judge highlights 'stark' contrast between victim and killers

Sadie Hartley murder: Killing was 'a game of death' says judge

Two Chester women have been jailed for life for the murder of 60-year-old Sadie Hartley in her Lancashire home after they described their plot as "the perfect murder" in a diary. 

Sadie Hartley
Family of Sadie Hartley

Sarah Williams, 35 and Katrina Walsh, 56, were found guilty of the killing of Sadie Hartley at Preston Crown Court today.

Before sentencing them both to life in prison, Mr Justice Turner said to the murderers: "There may have been elements of fantasy... but this was a game of death."

Sadie Hartley murder: Williams and Walsh jailed for life

Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh, both from Chester, have been jailed for life the murder of Lancashire businesswoman Sadie Hartley.

Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh
Lancashire Police

Williams, 35 will serve a minimum of 30 years and Walsh, 56 to serve a minimum of 25 years.

Both were found guilty of stabbing the love rival to death in a "cold-blooded" murder plot at Preston Crown Court today.

The judge, Mr Justice Turner, told Williams: "This was a crime of obsession, arrogance, barbarity and above all pure evil" and described Walsh as "degenerate".

Adding: "Neither of you have shown the slightest remorse".

BreakingSadie Hartley murder: Williams and Walsh jailed for life

Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh, both from Chester, have been jailed for life the murder of Lancashire businesswoman Sadie Hartley.

Williams must serve a minimum of 30 years and Walsh a minimum of 25 years.

Sadie Hartley murder: Killing was 'pure evil'

The judge at Preston Crown Court has told Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh that the murder of Sadie Hartley was "a crime of obsession, arrogance, barbarity and above all pure evil".

He also described Walsh as a "degenerate" and said neither of them had "shown the slightest remorse".

Sadie Hartley murder: Defence addresses court ahead of sentencing

The barristers representing Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh have addressed the court ahead of their sentencing for the murder of Sadie Hartley.

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Sadie Hartley murder: Partner tells court of 'regret'

Sadie Hartley murder: 'Frenzied, brutal attack' motivated by jealousy, says CPS

Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh have been found guilty of the murder of Sadie Hartley who was stabbed to death at her home in Helmshore, Lancashire in January.

Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh
Lancashire Police

Although the attack on Sadie was committed by Williams, the court heard during the trial how she and Walsh jointly planned the murder in great detail in the weeks beforehand.  

In a statement Wendy Evans, Senior Crown Prosecutor from CPS North West, said:

Sarah Williams killed Sadie Hartley in a frenzied and brutal attack in her own home. She knew that Sadie would be alone at that time and ensured that she had no opportunity to defend herself.

She was motivated by jealousy and a desire to get rid of the woman she saw as her rival and recruited her friend Katrina Walsh to the plan. Although Katrina Walsh didn’t take part in the vicious attack on Sadie, she knew what was being plotted and played a full role in the planning and preparations and later in the disposal of evidence.

They believed they had planned the perfect murder and had covered all their tracks, when in fact they were leaving behind a trail of evidence. The prosecution team sifted through and pieced together the many strands of evidence in this case and proved the defendants’ guilt so that the jury were sure of it.

Sadie Hartley murder: 'Cold-blooded, carefully planned assassination'

Det Supt Paul Withers, who led the investigation into Sadie Hartley's murder, said it was "nothing short of the cold-blooded, premeditated and carefully planned assassination of an entirely innocent woman".

I would like to offer my thanks to the jury for their careful consideration of all of the facts in this case and the prosecution team for all of their hard work in bringing this case to court and to a successful conclusion.

While it may have been Sarah Williams who carried out the actual killing of Sadie Hartley, there can be no doubt that Katrina Walsh helped her every step of the way and was up to her neck in the planning of this brutal slaying.

They are both as culpable as each other.

Sadie Hartley murder: Police film details investigation

Lancashire Police have released a film which looks at the investigation into the murder of Sadie Hartley.

Two women found guilty of Lancashire businesswoman

Sadie Hartley murder: What drove two women to kill a love rival?

On 14 January, businesswoman Sadie Hartley returned home after tending her horse. 

A short time later, she was dead - shot with a 500,000-volt stun gun and stabbed 41 times by love rival Sarah Williams, a ski instructor. 

Police cars outside Sadie's home
Lancashire Constabulary

Ms Hartley was found by police the following night, 15 January, face down in a pool of blood following an act described in Preston Crown Court as "uncontrolled butchery". 

Sarah Williams, 35, and accomplice Katrina Walsh, 56, were both found guilty of murder.

BBC News' Rumeana Jahangir asks what drove two women to kill a love rival?

Sadie Hartley killing: Women guilty of murdering love rival

A woman and her friend have been found guilty of stabbing a love rival to death in a "cold-blooded" murder plot.

Sadie Hartley
Family of

Sadie Hartley, 60, was stunned with a cattle prod and stabbed 40 times in Helmshore, Lancashire, on 14 January.

Sarah Williams, 35, killed businesswoman Ms Hartley so she could have her partner, Ian Johnston, to herself, Preston Crown Court heard.

Williams and accomplice Katrina Walsh, 56, were both found guilty of murder.

Jurors deliberated for seven hours and nine minutes before returning a verdict at the end of the seven-week trial.

Sadie Hartley murder: Pair will be sentenced today

Two women found guilty of murdering businesswoman Sadie Hartley will be sentenced today.

Williams and Walsh
Lancashire Police
Sarah Williams, left, and Katrina Walsh were both found guilty of murder

The jury returned after seven hours and nine minutes of deliberations to find Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh guilty at Preston Crown Court.

Williams swallowed hard as the forewoman delivered the "guilty" verdict, while Walsh gave a slight nod of her head. 

Mr Justice Turner thanked the jury for sitting on the seven-week trial and told them he will sentence both defendants at 14:15 today. 

Both women, from Chester, were then taken down to the holding cells.

Sadie Hartley murder: Victim's partner has 'lost everything'

Ian Johnston says he has "lost everything" as his ex Sarah Williams faces life in jail for the murder of his partner Sadie Hartley. 

The former firefighter said Ms Hartley's family had not spoken to him since the murder. 

He said he was given one day to remove his belongings from the house he shared with Ms Hartley in Helmshore. 

"I've lost everything," Mr Johnston said.

Chester's Sarah Williams, 35, and Katrina Walsh, 56, were found guilty of the murder of Ms Hartley at Preston Crown Court.

Sadie Hartley murder: Women planned attack

The murder of Sadie Hartley had been planned by Sarah Williams and her friend Katrina Walsh.

Described in court as "well-educated, extremely intelligent, eccentric", Walsh chose not to give evidence during the trial.

Sadie Hartley
Family of Sadie Hartley

The 56-year-old earlier told police that she never believed Williams would carry out the crime and that she thought they were playing a game inspired by Hunted - the Channel 4 show where people try to avoid detection by "going off-grid". 

Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh
Lancashire Constabulary
Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh

Williams and Walsh, both from Chester, were found guilty of murder at Preston Crown Court.  

Sadie Hartley murder: 'Psycho' facing life in jail

A woman described in court as a "psycho" is facing life in jail for the stun gun murder of her love rival. 

Sarah Williams, left, and Katrina Walsh
Lancashire Police
Sarah Williams, left, and Katrina Walsh were both found guilty of murder following a seven week trial

Sarah Williams, 35, shot businesswoman Sadie Hartley, 60, with a 500,000-volt stun gun as she answered the door at her home, Preston Crown Court heard. 

Seconds later, with "demonic savagery", she used a kitchen knife to stab the semi-paralysed mother-of-two in the face and neck, inflicting more than 50 injuries in the hallway of her house in Helmshore, Lancashire. 

Today, she was convicted of the murder on January 14, alongside her accomplice, horse riding instructor, Katrina Walsh, 56, following a seven-week trial. 

Both women, from Chester, had denied murder and blamed each other.

Sadie Hartley murder: Love rival and her friend guilty

Sarah Williams, 35, and Katrina Walsh, 56, have been found of the murder of Sadie Hartley.

Ms Hartley was killed at her home in Helmshore, Lancashire on 14 January.

The women from Chester had denied murder, but were found guilty at Preston Crown Court.

BreakingWilliams and Walsh guilty of Hartley murder

Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh, both from Chester, have both been found guilty of the murder of Lancashire businesswoman Sadie Hartley at Preston Crown Court.   

Latest headlines from Lancashire

  • Sixteen thousand young people in Blackpool have been helped by a trust set up in the name of a police officer killed on duty 45 years ago
  • The jury in the Sadie Hartley murder trial at Preston Crown Court has resumed its deliberations for a second day
  • Lancashire Police are appealing for help after six Lakeland Terrier puppies were taken from a garden in Padiham

Travel: Heavy and queuing traffic on M61

BBC Travel

Queuing and heavier than usual traffic on M61 northbound between Junction 9 for M65, Clayton Brook and Junction 30 for M6.

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Plans for tram line project in Preston stalled yet again

Lancashire Evening Post

Plans for the first phase of a project to build a tram line in Preston have been stalled yet again.

Cricket: Lancashire's Haseeb Hameed wants to play for England

Scott Read

BBC North West cricket commentator

Haseeb Hameed became the first Lancashire player to make two centuries in a Roses match yesterday and he's set his sights on an England call-up.

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He told BBC Radio Lancashire he wanted to play international cricket and "the sooner, the better".

He added that scoring the centuries was "a special moment that maybe hasn't sunk in quite yet".

"I'm sure over the years it'll bring back fond memories of this game, but to go down in history is pleasing."

Padiham pedigree puppy theft

Six puppies have been stolen from a garden in Padiham.

The Lakeland Terriers were taken yesterday from the garden of specialist breeder, Mike Vickers - the pups' father is a Crufts winner and the dogs are a very valuable rare breed.

Lakeland Terrier puppy
Lancashire Police

Mr Vickers said they are "devastated about it because we don't know what will happen to them".

The puppies were due to be chipped this week as some were going to new homes - police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Latest headlines from Lancashire

  • A trust set up in the name of a Blackpool police officer killed in the line of duty 45 years ago has helped thousands of young people, his widow says
  • Lancashire Police are appealing for help after six Lakeland Terrier puppies were taken from a garden in Padiham
  • A 177-year-old lighthouse is in danger of disappearing under the sea off the coast of Fleetwood

Sunset shots over Lancashire reservoir

Sunset shots of Roddlesworth reservoir in Abbey Village thanks to Mandy Fletcher.

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Fresh call to save 177-year-old Fleetwood lighthouse

A fresh call has been made to save a 177-year-old Fleetwood landmark that is in danger of disappearing under the sea.

Old WyreLight
Geograph/Arnold Price

Wyre Light which lies two miles off the coast of Fleetwood is in very bad condition and is becoming increasing unstable.  

Fleetwood Civic Society has tried to establish who owns the 40ft structure but so far no organisation has come forward.

Travel: M65 car fire

A car is on fire on the westbound carriageway, junction seven on the M65.

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Latest headlines from Lancashire

  • A trust set up in the name of a Blackpool police officer killed in the line of duty 45 years ago has helped thousands of young people, his widow says
  • A 177-year-old lighthouse is in danger of disappearing under the sea off the coast of Fleetwood
  • Preston North End lose their opening three league games of the season for the first time in 27 years