Friday 6 December 2019

Video: Poison nurse suspect had been turned down for promotion

Rebecca Leigton, the English nurse arrested on suspicion of murdering patients at an NHS hospital in Stockport, had recently been turned down for a new job.

On Thursday the number of victims at Stepping Hill hospital rose to five after police confirmed that the deaths of two more pensioners were being treated as suspicious. Officers said it was “likely” the death toll would grow.

Miss Leighton, 27, was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of murder after medical supplies at the hospital in Stockport, Cheshire, were tampered with. Sources confirmed that detectives had established that Miss Leighton had recently been rejected for a new job, thought to have been a promotion within the hospital.

A murder inquiry began last week after the deaths of three patients — Tracey Arden, 44, George Keep, 84 and Arnold Lancaster, 71 — were linked to the alleged contamination of saline solution with insulin.

Detectives said yesterday that the cases of Derek Weaver, 83, who died yesterday, and an 84-year-old woman, who died on July 14, had also been referred to Greater Manchester Police. A man in his forties remained in a serious condition.

Asst Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “We are working closely with the coroner and it is likely we will be asked to investigate further deaths. In the main these are likely to be deaths of people who are elderly and/or ill.”

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