Wiltshire police officer in a serious condition in Salisbury District Hospital

Wiltshire police officer in a serious condition in Salisbury District Hospital

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:37pm 7th March 2018. (Updated at 10:57pm 7th March 2018)

One of the officers who was first on the scene to the collapsed Russian spy and his daughter is in intensive care.

A Wiltshire Police officer who was one of the first called to help the Russian spy and his daughter found collapsed on a bench in Salisbury is now seriously ill. .  

The officer, who hasn't been identified is currently in the intensive care unit at Salisbury District Hospital.

Scotland Yard have now revealed that Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal are believed to have been poisoned with a nerve agent.

The pair are still in a critical condition.

OFFICER AFFECTED BY NERVE AGENT:

Wiltshire Police are providing support to the family of the male officer involved.

Temporary Chief Constable Kier Pritchard, said officers across Wiltshire will feel the impact. 

"We can confirm that a Wiltshire Police officer, who was part of the initial response, is also in a serious condition and receiving intensive care. Our thoughts are also with him, his family and friends. I recognise colleagues in Wiltshire Police will be deeply affected by this and we will provide support to those affected."

We are also receiving support from other police forces through the National Police Coordination Centre and I sincerely thank all officers, staff and volunteers for their continued professionalism and hard work in what is a very difficult, fast paced and complex situation."

WATCH: Full statement from Wiltshire Police Temporary Chief Constable Kier Pritchard: 

 

The Home Secretary has also given her reaction.

 

NERVE AGENTS WHAT ARE THEY?

  • Nerve agents are highly toxic chemicals
  • They can be absorbed through the mouth, nose or skin.
  • In liquid form they can be added to food or drink, delaying the effects
  • They stop the nervous system working and shut down bodily functions.

APPEAL FOR HELP:

Wiltshire Police have also reiterated an appeal made by the Counter Terrorism Policing Network who are leading the investigation.

Detectives particularly want to hear from anyone who visited Zizzi restaurant on Castle Street and The Mil in the Maltings/ Fisherton Street area.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact officers on 999.

People who visited the area close to the Maltings shopping area and may have seen something that could help the investigation are also being urged to contact police..

Salisbury Spy Maltings Tent

INCREASED PRESENCE:

We can expect to see more officers in Salisbury for the next few days too as Kier Pritchard from Wiltshire Police explains:

"We will continue to have an increased visible policing presence in and around Salisbury so that we can speak to the public and provide reassurance that we are doing all we can to keep people safe and protect our communities. "

Cordons remain in place in and around the Salisbury area.

Businesses have been thanked for their patience and cooperation as the investigation continues.

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