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Stepping Hill Hospital deaths probe nurse bail extended

Stepping Hill Hospital
Image caption Twenty-two patients were poisoned at Stepping Hill Hospital

A nurse arrested by police probing the deaths of poisoned hospital patients has had his bail extended again.

Victorino Chua was held on suspicion of murdering three patients and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to 19 others at Stepping Hill Hospital.

Mr Chua, 47, who was first arrested in January 2012, is bailed until 31 March.

Twenty-two people were poisoned when products were contaminated at the hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester, in June and July 2011.

Staff at the hospital called police after they discovered a batch of saline drips had been tampered with.

Greater Manchester Police said they were "investigating the contamination of various products with insulin between 1 June 2011 and 15 July 2011".

Mr Chua was arrested on suspicion of the murders of Derek Weaver, 83, Arnold Lancaster, 71, and Tracey Arden, 44, in January 2012.

Eight of those poisoned later died, five of them from natural causes.

The patients who died from natural causes were Mary Cartwright, 89, Bill Dickson, 82, Jack Beeley, 73, Beryl Hope, 70, and Linda McDonagh, 60.

Officers are also investigating the tampering of medical records at the hospital in January 2012.

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