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Former Stepping Hill nurse Rebecca Leighton wins police payout

Rebecca Leighton Image copyright PA
Image caption Charges against Rebecca Leighton were dropped in 2011

A nurse who was questioned over the poisoning of patients at Stepping Hill Hospital has received a £53,000 payout from police.

Charges against Rebecca Leighton of tampering with medication were dropped in September 2011.

She sued Greater Manchester Police (GMP) for £100,000 over claims they made her private Facebook page available to the public.

Ms Leighton also claimed her name had been leaked to the press by the force.

In a statement, GMP said it had "settled a claim made against the force by Rebecca Leighton".

It is understood that the force paid her £8,000 plus £45,000 in legal costs.

The 29-year-old was sacked from the Stockport hospital in 2011 after admitting stealing opiates. The Nursing and Midwifery Council then suspended her for three months.

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