Salisbury and Amesbury Novichok costing Wiltshire Police at least £10 million

Salisbury Spy incident - Police officer at cordon in The Maltings

Published by Ellie Harries at 4:17pm 9th August 2018

The investigations, which have been taking place since March, have meant the force have also had to cancel officers' planned holidays.

Wiltshire Police have announced today (9th August) that during the Amesbury incident they had to cancel officer rest days and put annual leave requests on hold to meet an extraordinary level of demand which saw private security brought in to guard cordons.

Since March 4th, the force have needed extra resources from police all over the country - requesting mutual aid to help with the extra pressures.

It is thought that more than £7 million pounds of the total bill will cover the cost of the extra police officers which came from 40 other forces.

Police Cordon in the snow at the Maltings on Sunday 18th March
Officers manned the cordons 24 hours a day, through rain, snow and shine

More than £1.3 million is expected to be spent on overtime for Wiltshire Police officers and staff.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson has said that he fully expects all costs associated with the operation to be met centrally by the Government.

One of the additional costs covers a number of police vehicles which had to be destroyed as a precaution at an estimated cost of £347,000.

Angus Macpherson said:

"For our Force to find itself at the centre of two major incidents in such a short space of time is somewhat unimaginable and we have endured significant costs because of the scale of the investigation.

"I am grateful that the Government has already pledged £4.1million pounds towards the costs incurred by Wiltshire Police during the investigation into the attack on Yulia and Sergei Skripal.

"I fully expect all costs associated with these unparalleled incidents to be met by the government."

Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard and Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson
Angus Macpherson and Kier Pritchard 

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said:

"I am grateful to the Commissioner for his ongoing support to my officers, staff and volunteers and those from other forces who have come forward to help us during these two major incidents.

"Our mutual aid arrangements mean that other frontline policing duties have remained unaffected in Wiltshire despite us dealing with two internationally significant incidents in just four months."

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