GP death case widens to Continent

POLICE INVESTIGATING a doctor charged with murdering an elderly patients are extending inquiries to the Continent.

Detectives from Manchester are in contact with officials in southern Europe over the possible exhumation of a former patient of Dr Harold Shipman.

Yesterday, murder squad officers continued to question the 52-year-old general practitioner from Greater Manchester in connection with further deaths. The bodies of four of his former patients have already been exhumed.

Dr Shipman, of Mottram, Tameside, is remanded in custody, charged with the murder of Kathleen Grundy, a widow aged 81.

He is also charged with falsely obtaining cash and property worth pounds 300,000 and forging a will and two letters.

The body of Mrs Grundy, a charity worker and former Mayoress of Hyde, was exhumed on 1 August. A coroner gave permission for her grave to be opened a month after she was buried alongside her parents. The inquiry began when Mrs Grundy's daughter, Angela Woodruff, who lives in the Midlands, contacted the police after relatives expressed concernsover her death.

Police have said that the records of 28 of the GP's patients at his surgery at Market Street, Hyde, are being looked at as part of the investigation. More than 20 of those under scrutiny were cremated.

Last month, the remains of Winifred Mellor and Joan Melia, widows aged 73, and Bianka Pomfret, 49, were exhumed from cemeteries. The death certificate for Mrs Pomfret, who died last December, was signed by Dr Shipman. He cited the cause of death as coronary thrombosis linked to heart disease from smoking.

Greater Manchester Police said: "We can confirm that Dr Harold Shipman is being interviewed in connection with further offences."

Police declined to comment further on the widening of the inquiry, but it is understood that three more bodies may be exhumed. Detectives have travelled to the Mediterranean to discuss procedures for a possible exhumation with a local coroner. This latest line of inquiry was prompted by relatives of another of Dr Shipman's female patients who died in Hyde but was buried near her birthplace in south-east Europe.

Dr Shipman has been in practice in the town for more than 20 years.

Although detectives have declined to give further details, it is believed they are studying many more cases in response to approaches from worried relatives. Detectives working from a special incident room at Ashton-under- Lyne in Greater Manchester are expected to be working for another 12 months on the extensive inquiry.

The GP is on remand in Preston jail after being moved from Strangeways Prison, Manchester, for his own safety. He is due to be committed for trial on 10 November.

He is awaiting the outcome of an NHS tribunal that convened last week to consider a request by West Pennine health authority to suspend him.

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
News
news
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
life
New Articles
i100... with this review
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Voices
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
Sport
footballTim Sherwood: This might be th match to wake up Manchester City
Arts and Entertainment
musicHow female vocalists are now writing their own hits
New Articles
i100
News
news
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
News
Blahnik says: 'I think I understand the English more than they do themselves'
people
Arts and Entertainment
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey
TVInside Downton Abbey series 5
Life and Style
The term 'normcore' was given the oxygen of publicity by New York magazine during the autumn/winter shows in Paris in February
fashionWhen is a trend a non-trend? When it's Normcore, since you ask
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Marketing Manager - Leicestershire - £35,000

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (CIM, B2B, MS Offi...

Marketing Executive (B2B and B2C) - Rugby, Warwickshire

£22000 - £25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful organisation wit...

SEN Coordinator + Teacher (SENCO)

£1 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Job Purpose To work closely with the he...

Research Manager - Quantitative/Qualitative

£32000 - £42000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is curr...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam