Community letter going out to all Salisbury and Amesbury households

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Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:22pm 19th July 2018

Wiltshire Council Leader Jane Scott, Salisbury's MP John Glen and Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson are writing to 24,000 households from today (Thursday July 19th).

The letter's going to every home in the Salisbury and Amesbury parishes, talking about the 'extraordinary time' we've been facing following the nerve agent attacks.

The first major incident was declared in Salisbury after Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned back in March, with another declared in Amesbury after Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were taken ill on June 30th.

Dawn sadly passed away at Salisbury District Hospital eight days later and today (Thursday July 19th), an inquest into her death has been opened and adjourned.

Rollestone Street police cordon
Cordons have been set up outside Dawn's house in Rollestone Street since the incident began


The main theme of the community letter is to reassure people the public safety is the 'number one priority' in the wake of the poisonings.

Here's an excerpt from it:

"We understand that our communities in Amesbury and Salisbury may be feeling anxious as a result of the ongoing incident. We want to assure you that public safety remains the number one priority of all of the agencies involved in this incident. Wiltshire Police is coordinating the response working with 12 other partners including other emergency services, local authorities, Salisbury District Hospital, the military, the Environment Agency and other national agencies."

We're also advised that we're likely to see an increased police presence around South Wiltshire for a while to come.

Amesbury Baptist Church Cordon July 2018
We can expect to see more visible police in Salisbury and Amesbury for the time being

But local leaders have praised the way the area's handled the disruption:

"Since the first incident occurred in March, Salisbury has shown just how resilient and determined it is in the face of an unprecedented challenge, and already Amesbury is responding with calmness and patience and we would like to thank both communities for their ongoing support and stoicism. We will do all we can to help both these communities get back to normal and move forward. Regular updates and community meetings will take place to make sure you know what's happening and have the opportunity to ask questions of those involved in the investigation and those who are providing support to both local communities and businesses."

You can read the full letter, before it arrives through your door, on the Wiltshire PCC website.


The community update also includes a reminder about the free parking in Salisbury and Amesbury - which is in force from midday Monday to Friday and all day at weekends.

Locals and visitors are encouraged to make the most of that in a bid to boost the economy.

It'll be in force until further notice.

We'll be able to ask more questions about the investigation and recovery programme at public meetings in Amesbury and Salisbury next week (Tuesday 24th and Wedenesday 25th July).

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