Police deal with incident on Salisbury's Fisherton Street

Bus stop cordon in Fisherton Street St Pauls Roundabout

Published by Ellie Harries at 1:39pm 9th July 2018 (Updated 2:48pm 10th July 2018)

Tension in city as key route sealed off for 4 hours - police say it's NOT related to the nerve agent investigation.

A bus stop along with a Salisbury Reds bus were cordoned off  yesterday lunchtime (Monday 9th July).

A section of the road between the railway bridge and St Paul's roundabout was shut around 1pm.

Police alongside ambulance staff attended the scene.

With tensions running high in the city there was speculation it could be linked to the ongoing nerve agent investigation.

Wiltshire Police later confirmed they had been dealing with a "medical episode" on St Paul's road involving a 60 year old man.

Bus stop cordon in Fisherton Street St Pauls Roundabout

 

Bus off St Pauls Roundabout cordon July 2018

 Fisherton Street Bus Incident

The road reopened more than 4 hours later and Wiltshire Police issued an updated statement:

"We can confirm that our Community Policing Team dealt with a medical incident on St Pauls Road, Salisbury this afternoon. Cordons were in place in the area to enable officers to deal effectively with the situation which involved a man in his sixties.

"As a precaution steps were taken to ensure public safety and the man was assessed and found to have had a medical episode.

"We apologise for any inconvenience and can reassure the community that there is no need for concern and this is not part of the ongoing major investigation."

Wiltshire's Police Chief Constable has defended the response to the incident.

Kier Pritchard says they needed to be sure what they were dealing with: 

"The public are at heightened alert, and I fully understand that. We've been living within this environment now for the last four months and just as we're one step closer to a full recovery in Salisbury, we almost go back to the beginning again around our response phase to an unfolding incident. I totally understand the concern that there is in the community."

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