Police report contaminated saline culprit ‘may not be found’


Intravenous news: The BBC report “Police investigating the deaths of three patients at Stepping Hill have said it will be very difficult to charge anyone with their murder. Three people died and another 14 were affected following contamination of saline drips at the Stockport hospital. Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney said it would be hard to link the deaths with the contaminated insulin.

“It may well be that we don’t come to that outcome that we are looking for,” the policeman said. “But I can assure people that we will do everything we possibly can to make sure we do not miss the opportunities, because the victims who have been contaminated in this crime deserve that justice.” Mr Sweeney, who is in charge of the investigation, said the inquiry could take “months or even years” to conclude. About 700 people have been interviewed as part of the investigation – the biggest in the city since the inquiry into the IRA bombing of 1996. Mr Sweeney described the investigation as exceptionally difficult and complex but one they were determined to pursue.

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