Saturday 17 March 2018

Video: Death toll at 'sabotage' hospital now rises to five

Becki Leighton who has been arrested over the deaths of three patients
Becki Leighton who has been arrested over the deaths of three patients
Tracey Arden, 44, George Keep, 84, and Arnold Lancaster, 71, who were the first three patients to die at Stepping Hill Hospital.

By Nigel Bunyan, and Martin Evans

Two more patients have died at the UK hospital at the centre of allegations of deliberate sabotage and poisoning, it has been announced.

The deaths at the Stepping Hill Hospital take the total number of fatalities in the case to five.

Police confirmed that an 83-year-old man died earlier today and the death of an 84-year-old woman, who died on July 14 are also being connected with the investigation.

A nurse who works at the hospital is continuing to be questioned in connection with the deaths of three patients.

Rebecca Leighton, 27, was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of the murder of Tracey Arden, 44, George Keep, 84 and Arnold Lancaster, 71.

All three are thought to have died after receiving saline solution that had been contaminated with insulin.

Friends and colleagues of Leighton have expressed their shock at her arrest.

Valerie Rowlinson, who was Leighton’s nursing mentor during her training said: “I was her mentor and we became friends. Becki always wanted to be a nurse like her mother.

“She was very dedicated and a very hard worker. I always found her extremely committed and diligent, she was a good nurse in my opinion. The whole thing has left me shocked.”

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) confirmed that Leighton had been arrested.

Her registration will be suspended while she remains under investigation, the organisation said.

Another patient in their 40s remains seriously ill.

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