AMESBURY INCIDENT: Novichok advice

Public Health England sign (PHE)

Published by Ellie Harries at 11:45pm 4th July 2018.

Public Health England have issued advice to public who may have visited the five sites currently cordoned off

Following the news this evening (4th July) regarding the major incident in Amesbury, Public Health England have issued the following advice.

Two people are currently in a critical condition at Salisbury District Hospital after being exposed to the nerve agent novichok.

The man and woman in their forties, named as Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess. were discovered unconscious at a house in Muggleton Road in Amesbury on Saturday (30th June).

The pair are believed to have visited the following five sites, which have now been cordoned off.

Scotland Yard stress this is being done as a "precautionary measure."

These include:

  • Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury
  • A bin outside John Baker House, Rollestone Street, Salisbury
  • A property on Muggleton Road, Amesbury
  • Boots the Chemist, Stonehenge Walk, Amesbury
  • Amesbury Baptist Centre on Butterfield Drive, Amesbury
John Baker House Cordon in Salisbury off Salt Lane Amesbury Major Incident July 2018
Cordon outside John Baker House on Rollestone Street

Mike Wade, Deputy Director of Health Protection for PHE South West, said:

"Our current advice, based on the small number of casualties affected, is that there is no significant health risk to the wider public.

"We will keep this assessment under constant review as further information becomes known.

"While there is no immediate health risk to anyone who may have been in any of the 5 locations identified by police today, as a highly precautionary measure, we are advising that people who visited the sites between 10pm on 29 June and 6.30pm on Saturday 30 June undertake the following actions."

  • Wash the clothing that you were wearing in an ordinary washing machine using your regular detergent at the temperature recommended for the clothing
  • 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)
  • Keep your items double-bagged and securely fastened, if they are dry-clean only (further details will follow)
  • Other items such as jewellery and spectacles which cannot go in the washing machine or be cleaned with 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.

You do not need to seek advice from a health professional unless you are experiencing symptoms.

Anyone with any information or that could assist the investigation is urged to call police on 0800 789 321

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