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Stepping Hill death 'no longer under investigation'

The death of a patient in the hospital at the centre of a tampering probe is no longer under police investigation.

George Keep’s family has been told that he is no longer part of the investigation into alleged saline contamination at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

The 84-year-old man died on July 14 after being admitted to the hospital with a broken hip.

Nurse Rebecca Leighton, 27, has been remanded in custody after being accused of three counts of criminal damage with intent to endanger life and three counts of criminal damage being reckless as to whether life was being endangered. The charges relate to the alleged tampering of medical products previously linked to five deaths.

Reports have claimed that “hundreds” of deaths are being looked into by police.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “As we have already said, and as is to be expected, further deaths are being referred to us for review. That does not mean they form part of the investigation and the numbers quoted in the press have no basis in fact.”