SPY POISONING: 21 people treated by medics after Salisbury attack.

Salisbury Spy Maltings - Hasmat

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:55am 9th March 2018. (Updated at 11:04am 9th March 2018)

A total of 21 people have needed medical attention after nerve agent poisoning left spy and daughter fighting for life

A total of 21 people have been treated as a result of the nerve agent attack in Salisbury.

Those needing medial attention include members of the public, police and the emergency services.

Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, Kier Pritchard, said:

"A number of those have been through the hospital treatment process, they are having blood-tests, support and advice."

Three people remain in hospital: Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia and the officer who was one of the first to arrive at the park bench in the Maltings where the pair were found.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey remains in a serious condition in Salisbury District Hospital but is "talking and engaging" with people.

Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable, Kier Pritchard, visited Mr Bailey in intensive care yesterday (8th March), describing him as "very anxious and very concerned. He did his best on that night".

Sergei Skripal and Yulia remain in a very serious condition.

PRAISE FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES:

Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with all the victims, praising the response of the emergency services.

She said the incident was "a stark reminder, if ever one was needed, of the dangerous situations our emergency services face and the dedication and courage they display every day in order to keep us safe".

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES:

Mr Skripal's home in Salisbury is now one of the major crime scenes, and forensic officers have begun a fresh fingertip search of the house on Christie Miller Road.

Salisbuy Spy Skripal Home
PHOTO: Simon Ward Photography

 

The graves of Mr Skripal's wife and son have been taped off at the cemetery on London Road and a car, believed to be Mr Skripal's BMW, is also being examined.

London Road Cemetry Salisbury
The Grave of Alexander Skripal

 

Hundreds of detectives from the Counter Terrorism Policing Network are involved in the investigation.

The nerve agent used in the poisoning has been identified by scientists from Porton Down and police are trying to establish its origin.

REACTION:

The Home Secretary says the poisoning of Mr Skripal and his daughter was "was attempted murder in the most cruel and public way" describing it as a "brazen and reckless" act

Whilt Amber Rudd said speculation must be avoided, she said "people are right to want to know who to hold to account" and has stressed the Government were "committed to doing all we can to bring the perpetrators to justice - whoever they are and wherever they may be".

She refused to speculate on whether the Russian state might have been involved in the attack.

Russia has denied it was involved.

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