Cordon security in Amesbury and Salisbury changing

Rollestone street barricade salt lane end

Published by Ellie Harries at 3:11pm 17th July 2018. (Updated at 3:13pm 17th July 2018)

Security guards will now help to man the sites in Wiltshire as part of the ongoing Novichok investigation.

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire, Angus Macpherson, has confirmed today that cordon security would now have a 'mixed-economy' approach to scene guarding.

Angus Macpherson - Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner (Mike Draper)
PCC Angus Macpherson

This follows appeals to the Policing Minister Nick Hurd for help towards the force since the nerve agent incident.

Before today, all of the sites in the Amesbury incident have been manned by Wiltshire Police or supporting forces.

This has been demanding on the force, as the PCC says.

In June, officers on cordons in Salisbury that related to the nerve agent attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal were replaced by security guards to free them up to return to their normal roles.

There are still guards on cordons relating to that incident at the Mill pub and Zizzi restaurant.

The Mill New Cordon June 2018
Cordon at the Mill pub in Salisbury

Police will remain at these five sites in Salisbury and Amesbury.

  • John Baker House, Salisbury
  • Muggleton Road address, Amesbury
  • Baptist Centre, Amesbury
  • Boots Chemist, Amesbury
  • Queen Elizabeth Gardens, Salisbury
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