Prison nurse struck off after affair

A prison nurse from West Yorkshire who had an affair with a convicted rapist at a top security jail has been ordered to be struck off the register.

HMP Wakefield Credit: Press Association

Karen Cosford had a relationship lasting several months with Brian McBride, who was serving a life sentence at Wakefield Prison, and was jailed in 2012 for three years.

She denied all charges but was found guilty of misconduct by engaging in a sexual relationship with an inmate. She was also found guilty of failing to tell prison authorities that McBride had a mobile and bringing in top-ups on behalf of the prisoner.

Cosford, of Normanton, who worked in the jail's medical centre, claimed McBride raped her then intimidated her so she would not report it.

But jurors at Leeds Crown Court rejected the claim after hearing how she became inappropriately close to McBride and struck up a sexual relationship.