Shipman's murder toll put at 215

HAROLD Shipman was today confirmed as the biggest serial killer in British criminal history responsible for the deaths of 215 of his patients.Dame Janet Smith the judge heading the official inquiry into his crimes also said there was a "real suspicion" that the doctor, from Hyde, Greater Manchester, could have claimed another 45 victims.

HAROLD Shipman was today confirmed as the biggest serial killer in British criminal history responsible for the deaths of 215 of his patients.

Dame Janet Smith the judge heading the official inquiry into his crimes also said there was a "real suspicion" that the doctor, from Hyde, Greater Manchester, could have claimed another 45 victims.

In total 459 cases involving the mild mannered were investigated as the tentacles of his evil deeds stretched far beyond the original numbers he was suspected of killing.

The toll eclipses those of notorious murderers Dennis Nielsen and Fred West.

Today's report said that systems which should have safeguarded patients against misconduct failed to operate satisfactorily and that it was "deeply disturbing'' that his killings did not arouse suspicion for so many years.

N If you or you family been involved with the Harold Shipman inquiry telephone The Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 282257.

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