eight days of court time has been set aside to hear a bid by prosecutors to have Angus Sinclair stand trial for a second time over the World's End murders.

The Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Carloway, sitting with Lady Dorrian and Lord Marnoch at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh, said a hearing on the Crown application under double jeopardy legislation would begin on October 1, following a procedural hearing in the summer.

Sinclair, 67, was acquitted in 2007 of murdering 17-year-olds Christine Eadie and Helen Scott, who were last seen leaving the World's End bar in Edinburgh in 1977.

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The Crown wants the acquittal set aside and to be granted authority for a new prosecution after a change in Scots law.