MAJOR INCIDENT declared in Amesbury

Muggleton Road Major Incident In Amesbury July 2018

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 4:08am 4th July 2018. (Updated at 5:30pm 4th July 2018)

Counter terrorism officers now working alongside Wiltshire Police as two people lie critically ill in Salisbury District Hospital.

Counter-terrorism officers are 'working jointly' with Wiltshire Police as they investigate a 'major incident' which was declared in Amesbury this morning (Wednesday July 4th).

Two people are thought to have been exposed to what officers are describing as an 'unknown substance' .

A man and a woman were found unconscious at a property in Muggleton Road on the Kings Gate estate on Saturday evening (June 30th).

The pair, who are aged in their 40s but haven't been named, are in a critical condition at Salisbury District Hospital.


The Metropolitan Police's counter-terror department has given a statement to Spire FM News: 

"As you would expect, given the recent events in Salisbury, officers from the counter terrorism network are working jointly with colleagues from Wiltshire Police regarding the incident in Amesbury. As Wiltshire Police have stated, they are keeping an open mind as to the circumstances surrounding the incident and will update the public as soon and as regularly as possible."

It was initially thought they'd been affected by a contaminated batch of drugs, possibly heroin or crack cocaine.

Further tests are now taking place to establish the substance with police keeping an "open mind" as the the circumstances around the case.

It's believed those tests are being carried out at Porton Down.

Wiltshire Police stress its not yet clear at this stage if a crime has been committed. 

Emergency services were called to this property in Muggleton Rd


A number of locations in the Salisbury and Amesbury area have been cordoned off overnight in connection with the investigation.

The Baptist Church on Butterfield Drive in Amesbury has been sealed off.

Its believed that's one of the last places the couple were seen in public when they went to a family fun day there on Saturday afternoon.

Roy Collins, church secretary, said:

"Last weekend we held a community fundraiser and we understand this may well be the last event this couple went to in public."

Amesbury Baptist Church
This church is Amesbury is believed to be one of the last places the pair visited.

He said he woke to find the church cordoned off by police at 6am on Wednesday.

"We are all quite puzzled and shocked - naturally the connection with Salisbury and recent events there mean there is a heightened public interest.

"We are praying for the couple, one of our members knows them and clearly there are concerns for them and any others in the community.

"They are not church members or regulars."


In Salisbury Queen Elizabeth Gardens has been sealed off as part of the investigation.

Queen Elizabeth Gardens July 2018

We're told the cordons are a precautionary measure and we will see an increased police presence in the area as a result.

Queen Elizabeth Gardens Major Incident

Popular park has been taped off as part of the investigation.


The pair involved in the incident have been named locally as 44 year old Dawn Sturgess and 45 year old Charlie Rowley.

Sam Hobson, a friend of the critically ill couple, told Sky News:

"I came round Charlie's house in the morning and there was loads of ambulances outside and his girlfriend was getting taken away and he said she was complaining of a headache in the morning.

"She went into the bathroom to have a bath and he heard a thump and she was in there having a fit, foam coming out of her mouth.

"He [Mr Rowley] was sweating loads dribbling and you couldn’t speak to him he was making funny noises and he was rocking backwards and forwards. There was no response for me, he didn’t even know I was there he was in another world, he was hallucinating."


It's been just four months since the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, when Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found unconscious in the Maltings, having been affected by novichok.

While this latest incident is not being linked to that at this stage, it will bring concern from local people to see new cordons being put in place locally.

Wiltshire Police say they'll update us 'as soon and as regularly as possible' about what's happening.

Salisbury's MP John Glen has tweeted his reaction to the incident:

A meeting of the Government's COBRA emergency committee has taken place - which wasn't chaired by ministers - on Wednesday morning (July 4th).


There's a reassurance that Salisbury District Hospital remains open as usual.

People are being advised to attend routine appointments still, unless they are contacted.

A Public Health England (PHE) spokesman said:

"The current advice from PHE England, based upon the number of casualties affected, is that it is not believed that there is a significant health risk to the wider public. This will be continually assessed as further information becomes known."

Anyone with information about the Amesbury incident is asked to call Wiltshire Police on 999 immediately.

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