TWO killers have lost a wide-ranging bid to recover information about a police informant they were convicted of murdering.

Colin Coats and Philip Wade were jailed for life after they were found guilty of the abduction, torture and murder of businesswoman 27-year-old Lynda Spence.

The pair are planning to appeal their convictions and ahead of the legal challenge they raised proceedings seeking access to documents held by the police.

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They related to her involvement and recruitment by the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency as a Covert Human Intelligence Source and to information shared over her knowledge of criminal activity. The trial judge, Lord Pentland, said the murder was "truly monstrous".