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Charges Dropped Against Saline Nurse in Stepping Hill Hospital Case

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Friday 2nd September will be a day Rebecca Leighton, the nurse formerly accused of poisoning patients at a hospital in Stockport, will not soon forget. It was the day that she was told all charges against her in the case would be dropped. She will not now have to face prosecution.

The news came as a dramatic move in the case that has claimed the headlines ever since saline was discovered to have been tampered with back in July. Ms Leighton, a nurse working at Stepping Hill Hospital, was arrested soon after the discovery was made. She has since been questioned and held in custody for five weeks.

Police have now stated they have hundreds of people still to question in the case, which is focused on the deaths of several patients at the hospital. These include Tracey Arden, aged 44, and Derek Weaver aged 83. Arnold Lancaster, aged 71, is also thought to have died as a result of the contamination.

A prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service stated that “on the evidence currently available there is not a case in law which could proceed” against Rebecca Leighton. The nurse is still suspended from the nursing profession and there has not yet been any news to determine whether this will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future. It remains to be seen whether Ms Leighton will be allowed back to the profession and whether anyone else will be investigated and charged with the crime.

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