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Stepping Hill nurse in court over 'contamination' deaths

A 27-year-old nurse charged in connection with the alleged contamination of saline at a hospital will appear in court today.

Rebecca Leighton was remanded in custody by magistrates on July 23 following her arrest by police investigating the deaths of patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

Leighton is 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 saline ampoules, saline bags and medical products.

The Stepping Hill employee, of Buxton Road, Heaviley, is also charged with theft of medicine.

She will make her first appearance at Manchester Crown Court today via videolink for a preliminary hearing.