Wiltshire's Chief Constable speaks of "shock" of second major incident

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Published by Henrietta Creasey at 6:35am 5th July 2018. (Updated at 2:17pm 5th July 2018)

Kier Pritchard says his officers are working with counter terrorism officers to help return Amesbury and Salisbury to normality.

Wiltshire's top police officer says he's shocked that our part of the county is dealing with a second major incident in such a short space.

Last night it was confirmed that two people found unconscious in Amesbury at the weekend were exposed to Novichok just four months after a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury.

The Counter Terrorism Policing Network are now leading the investigation.

In a statement following  last night's developments (4th July) Wiltshire's Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said:

"We cannot underestimate the impact the shocking news of a second major incident in this part of our county in such a short space of time will have. The communities in Salisbury and Amesbury have shown extraordinary resilience and spirit since the events of March 4 and I have no doubt they will rise to this latest challenge in the same way. "

A number of areas in Salisbury and Amesbury remained sealed off as part of the investigation and Mr Pritchard says he understand that will cause concern and disruption.


I fully appreciate the effect the cordons will  have on local people and businesses. Please let me reassure you that my officers and staff, partner agencies and our colleagues at the Counter Terrorism Policing network will do all we can to progress this investigation and help return the communities of Amesbury and Salisbury back to normality.

Wiltshire's Chief Constable has also warned that people living and working in Amesbury and Salisbury will see a heightened police presence as the investigation progresses including officers wearing protective equipment. Mr Pritchard stresses" this is a proportionate response to an investigation of this nature and scale."


Meanwhile there' a dedicated helpline if you are worried. 

 

 

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