AMESBURY: Cordon scaled back near Baptist Centre

Amesbury Baptist Church Cordon July 2018

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 9:26am 8th August 2018 (Updated 9:29am 8th August 2018)

The grassed area at Raleigh Crescent is no longer closed off.

Wiltshire Police has confirmed this morning (Wednesday August 8th) that the cordon at the grassed off area close to the Baptist Centre has been lifted.

It was shut as the space had been used for a family fun day on the day Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess fell ill after exposure to the nerve agent novichok.

Charlie attended the fun day on that day.

Dawn Sturgess and Charlie/Charles Rowley Amesbury Incident (Facebook)
Dawn Sturgess was poisoned by the nerve agent novichok, and her partner Charlie Rowley went along to a fun day at the Baptist Centre that day

NO PUBLIC RISK:

Wiltshire Police tell us the area was closed 'as a precaution' but it's now been confirmed that there's no risk to the public.

As the area isn't needed as part of the investigation, the area's now been 'released for use by the public'.

Police say they're 'pleased' to be able to open up the land.

Amesbury Baptist Church Cordon July 2018
A police presence remains at the Baptist Centre

BAPTIST CENTRE STILL CLOSED:

The cordon at the church itself remains in place and will do until further notice.

That's while the enquiries and checks are ongoing into the poisoning and making sure there's no risk to the public.

Wiltshire Police has said:

"We continue to strive to release areas back to the community as soon as possible but our priority will always be ensuring the safety of the public.

"We would like to thank the residents of Amesbury again for their patience and support throughout this investigation."

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