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Contaminated milk investigated

13th September 2011

Police are carrying out an investigation to try to find out why milk was contaminated with bleach at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

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Detectives said they were not making a link between the spiked milk and the sabotage of saline drips which happened earlier this year. 

The police said their investigation into the contaminated saline drips was now focusing on three deaths.

They said they believed saline was given "unlawfully" to three patients: Tracey Arden, Alfred Weaver and Arnold Lancaster.

Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney said: "I know relatives of the confirmed victims affected and the public in general will be anxious and want answers and we are working as quickly as we can without jeopardising the quality or integrity of the investigation." 

Detectives have dismissed four deaths from the inquiry but are looking into 30 cases of saline contamination.

The police were called to the hospital on Saturday evening following the discovery by staff that milk had been contaminated.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said that no patients or staff had suffered any problems from consuming the milk.

He added: "Stepping Hill is made up of a large community of people and it is unlikely that every incident reported is connected to the concerted and deliberate criminality already being investigated." 

 

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