Salisbury restaurant incident NOT Novichok related

Prezzo Salisbury

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:37am 17th September 2018. (Updated at 9:24am 17th September 2018)

Wiltshire Police say there is "nothing to suggest" the nerve agent is the cause of a major incident declared last night (16th September).

Police and partners declared a major incident after two people fell ill in the city amid concerns they'd been exposed to an unknown subtance.

Police received a call from the ambulance service to Prezzo restaurant, in the High Street, at approximately 6.45pm after a man in his 40s and a woman aged in her 30s had become unwell.

The restaurant and surrounding area was sealed off with people inside the Old Ale House told to stay put.

A cordon was put in place around Prezzo last night.

Both people were taken to Salisbury District Hospital where they were assessed.

Wiltshire Police issued a statement in the early hours of this morning confirming they ar no longer treating the illness as a major incident:

"Due to recent events in the city and concerns that the pair had been exposed to an unknown substance a highly precautionary approach was taken by all emergency services.
We can now confirm that there is nothing to suggest that Novichok is the substance. Both people remain in hospital under observation."


The force stress at this stage it is "not yet clear if a crime has been committed and enquiries remain ongoing."

Salisbury District Hospital remains open as usual.

A cordon will remain in place around Prezzo at this time as part of the ongoing investigation but all other areas have been reopened.

Wiltshire Police have thanked the public for their patience as a result of the impact of the incident.

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