A 51-YEAR-old Nelson nurse has appeared in court charged with murdering three patients at a hospital.

Anne Grigg-Booth, is accused of murdering three women, aged 96, 75 and 67, at Airedale General Hospital, near Keighley, West Yorkshire.

She is charged with killing June Driver on July 24, 2000, Eva Blackburn on November 13, 2001, and Annie Midgley on July 22, 2002. She is also accused of attempting to murder 42-year-old Michael Parker on June 18, 2002.

Grigg-Booth also faces 13 charges of administering noxious substances to other patients. She is alleged to have variously administered morphine, pethidine and diamorphine to patients over a period of nearly two years.

A judge at Bradford Crown Court yesterday adjourned the case for another hearing on January 10, 2004 and Grigg-Booth was granted bail.