A nurse has appeared in court charged with murdering three patients at a hospital in Manchester, England.

Victorino Chua, 48, from Stockport spoke only to confirm his name, age and address for the three-minute hearing at Manchester Magistrates' Court.

He was charged by Greater Manchester Police last night in connection with the contamination of medical products at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, in 2011.

Mr Chua has been charged in connection with the deaths of Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71, and Derek Weaver, 83.

He also faces 22 counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, seven charges of attempting to administer poison and one count of causing poison to be administered with intent.

Mr Chua was remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Crown Court next Tuesday.