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Weekly newspaper on stand-by for Entwistle murder trial verdict

A weekly newspaper editor is bracing himself for the verdict in the “biggest murder trial” his patch has ever seen.

George Robinson and his 23-strong editorial team at the Worksop Guardian have been working tirelessly for three weeks on the Neil Entwistle trial in Boston.

Entwistle is currently awaiting the jury’s verdict in the murder trial of his American wife Rachel and daughter Lillian Rose.

He grew up and was educated in Worksop and his father is a district councillor in the town while his mother works at a local school.

In readiness for tomorrow’s 2pm print deadline, the Guardian has two front pages prepared for both possible verdicts, as well as four inside pages already written.

George told HoldtheFrontPage: “We’re hopeful that the verdict will come out before we go to press.

“But if, as is often the case, it will be out around 3.30pm tomorrow – we have contingency plans in place.”

Earlier this month HoldtheFrontPage revealed that the Guardian had sent chief reporter Debbie Lockett to America to cover the trial first-hand.

Debbie has sent back several stories a day along with video and audio clips for a special trial section on while George has maintained a daily blog.

Subs have been staying as late as midnight to edit copy before making live on the website.

George added: “It’s the biggest murder trial Worksop has ever seen and all staff have wanted to be part of it.

“We have been up-dating four or five times a day and getting 30 or 40 times as many hits as we would normally get on some stories.

“We’ve had a whole section online dedicated to the trial and had hits from all over the world, sparking lively and vibrant debate.

“Members of the public have been ringing us, asking if the verdict has come through. For a small weekly newspaper, it’s been tremendous work all round.”