Salisbury Spy Poisoning - Latest Update

Salisbury Spy - Bourne Hill

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 11:19am 11th March 2018. (Updated at 7:52am 12th March 2018)

Hundreds of people are warned to wash their possessions as a precaution, and vehicles removed from Bourne Hill for further forensic examination.

  • Hundreds of people told to wash possessions as a precaution 
  • Five Salisbury locations 'possible sources' of toxic substance
  • The military alongside Ambulance crews have been at Bourne Hill 
  • A number of vehicles have been put on a military transporter to be taken for further forensic examination.




Earlier today, the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, has revealed that up to 500 people who have visited pubs and restaurants in Salisbury should wash their possessions as a precaution after traces of the nerve agent used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found. The pair remain critically ill in hospital. 


The military alongside Ambulance crews have been at Bourne Hill this afternoon. The police and council building is the base for the Met Police. A number of vehicles have been put on a military transporter to be taken for further forensic examination.


  • Level of Salisbury spy poisoning investigation ratchets up
  • Wiltshire Police Chief says it's now GLOBAL investigation
  • Focus over attempt on Sergei Skripal's life moves away from local & regional

Police investigating this 'complex case about the poisoning of the former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal in Salisbury say their interests have now moved from the "local, to the regional, to the global."

Council and emergency services have updated reporters, saying Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain critically ill after being exposed to a nerve agent.

Health bosses say the policeman who went to help them last weekend is conscious, but also in a serious but stable condition.

A press conference at 12.30pm today was followed by a 'large operation' at Salisbury's Bourne Hill Police Station, thought to focus on items that may have been contaminated when they come into contact with either Sergei or Yulia Skripal.

Army and Police at Bourne Hill - Sergei Skripal Spy Poisoning case
Army at Salisbury's Bourne Hill police station



  • Military now arriving at Salisbury's Bourne Hill Police Station
  • New developments in 'Skripal' nerve agent attack case
  • This follows on the back of Police Press conference


Jenny Harries gives a bit more information on the symptoms people could face if they come in contact.


Jenny Harries from Public Health England discussing that it may be long term that the nerve agent may affect people..



  • Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue were among first to respond
  • Firefighters worked on initial 'decontamination' of crime scenes
  • Ben Ansell praises 'Hazmat' crews
  • Urges Salisbury community to 'pull together'

Hear more from Ben Ansell, Chief Fire Officer Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service (click play):


  • Public would have come into contact with toxic 'nerve agent'
  • Scientific analysis shows 'limited exposure' to public
  • England's chief medical officer claims 'risk' is 'low
  • Wiltshire Police Press Conference comes to a close

Dr Jen Harries is the Deputy Medical Director Public Health England  (click play):



  • Wiltshire Police Press Conference underway
  • Officers say poisoning of former Russian spy is "complex investigation"
  • Traces of 'nerve agent' found at two Salisbury restaurants

Hear from Wiltshire's Chief Constable, Kier Pritchard at the Press Conference in Salisbury's Five Rivers centre on Hulse Road (click play):

Spy Poisoning - Wiltshire Police Press Conference room 2 (Spire FM)
Keir Pritchard, Chief Constable at Wiltshire Police, among those updating reporters...



  • Wiltshire Police holding press conference from 12.30pm..
Spy Poisoning - Wiltshire Police Press Conference room (Spire FM)
A press conference is being held by Wiltshire Police...

More follows...


  • Did you eat at Zizzi, or The Mill pub in Salisbury?
  • Hear the advice from Chief Medical Officer
  • Up to 500 people should wash their possessions

Dame Sally Davies, England's chief medical officer, claims the risk to the public is low.

But says some people are concerned prolonged exposure may, over weeks, cause health problems.

LISTEN TO THE ADVICE (click play):


  • This is the latest advice from Public Health England

The Background...

You will be aware of recent events in the Salisbury area involving a nerve agent which has led to three people being admitted to hospital. We understand you may be concerned about possible health risks and this leaflet is designed to provide you with advice. This precautionary advice is for those who visited The Mill pub in Salisbury between 13:30 hours on Sunday 4th March and closing time at 23:10 hours on Monday 5th March 2018 or the nearby Zizzi restaurant between 13:30 hours on Sunday 4th March and closing time at 21:00 hours on Monday 5th March 2018.

Risk to public health:

Based on current evidence, the risk to the general public from this substance has not changed and remains low. While there is no immediate health risk to anyone who may have been in either of these locations, it is possible, but unlikely, that any of the substance which has come into contact with clothing or belongings could still be present in minute amounts and therefore contaminate your skin. Over time, repeated skin contact with contaminated items may pose a small risk to health. This risk can be removed by taking the actions we are explaining in this leaflet. You do not need to seek advice from a health professional unless you are experiencing symptoms.

We advise you take the following action:

If you visited either of the two locations within the specified time frame you should:

  • "Wash the clothing that you were wearing in an ordinary washing machine using your regular detergent at the temperature recommended for the clothing"
  • Any items which cannot be washed, and which would normally be dry cleaned, should be put in two plastic bags tied at the top and stored safely in your own home. We are currently reviewing the best way of cleaning these clothes and will provide further advice on our website
  • "Wipe personal items such as phones, handbags and other electronic items with cleansing or baby wipes and dispose of the wipes in the bin (ordinary domestic waste disposal) Public health advice for those who were in The Mill pub or Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury on Sunday 4th or Monday 5th March 2018 Published: March 2018
  • "Other items such as jewellery and spectacles which cannot go in the washing machine or be cleaned with cleansing or baby wipes, should be hand washed with warm water and detergent and then rinsed with clean cold water Please thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water after cleaning any items.

This precautionary advice is only for the clothes worn or items carried at the time of your visit to Zizzi restaurant or The Mill pub in Salisbury.

It does not apply to the belongings or clothes of others that you may have come into contact with later - these items do not need to be cleaned.

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