Theresa May praises Salisbury and Amesbury after Novichok poisoning

Theresa May Prime Minister with John Glen MP visiting shops in Salisbury affected by the Russian spy poisoning incident

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 3:58pm 5th July 2018. (Updated at 4:03pm 5th July 2018)

PM thanks businesses and local communities for co-operation following second nerve agent poisoning in four months.

Theresa May says her thoughts "are with the victims and people of Amesbury and Salisbury" as investigations continue into the latest major incident.

Two people remain in a critical condition in Salisbury District Hospital after being exposed to Novichok.

Its the same nerve agent that was used to poison a former Russian spy and his daughter four months ago. 

The PM is currently in Berlin but sent Spire FM this statement:

"After the brazen and reckless attempt to murder the Skripals with Novichok in March, the community showed tremendous fortitude, patience and resilience.

"Once again the public is having to contend with the consequences of two people being exposed to a nerve agent and I would like to personally thank local businesses and residents for their co-operation."

And the PM has again acknowledged the response of our 999 services:

"We once again also sincerely thank the brave emergency services for their response.

"The message from Salisbury is clear - it is very much open for business. The government will continue to provide every support to the local community."

 

Meanwhile prayers are being said for the victims Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess in Salisbury Cathedral.

The Bishop of Salisbury says the news of second nerve agent poisoning is "very troubling".

New Bishop of Salisbury Nick Holtan pic 2
Bishop of Salisbury Nick Holtam

 

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam says the victims are in the right hands.

"Thank God for the emergency services and the experienced care of Salisbury District Hospital. As with the earlier incident with the Skripals, it is going to take time to discover what exactly has happened."

He's also urged people to continue to visit our city:

"Salisbury continues to get on with life with that same care, resourcefulness and strength of character that has been so apparent these last months.

"It is a beautiful summer and a great time to visit this wonderful cathedral city."

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