Salisbury Prezzo incident NOT being treated as suspicious

New Street Salisbury Prezzo September 2018

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 7:11pm 18th September 2018. (Updated at 11:53am 19th September 2018)

Wiltshire Police have confirmed that two people who fell ill in the Italian restaurant were not exposed to any kind of nerve agent.

In a statement issued tonight ( 18th September) Wiltshire Police say the incident which sparked a Novichok scare on Sunday night is "not being treated as suspicious."

Emergency services were called to the High Street restaurant at 6.45pm on Sunday (16 September) after a 42 year old man and 30 year old women became ill.

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The Italian restaurant where two people fell ill.

A witness has revealed the man collapsed in the toilet of the Italian chain.

The area was sealed off amid concerns the pair had been exposed to an unknown substance and a major incident declared.

The pair were taken to Salisbury District Hospital and the restaurant closed for "precautionary measures."

Hours later Wiltshire Police ended the major incident status and revealed the pair remained in hospital under observation confirming there was "nothing to suggest Novichok is the substance."

Now fresh reassurance as the force has now ruled out any other type of nerve agent.

"Due to the recent events in the south of the county, scientific tests were undertaken to establish if they had come into contact with Novichok, or any other type of nerve agent.

"These tests have concluded that this was not the case."

Therefore, at this stage, we are not linking their illness to the recent poisonings in Salisbury and Amesbury."

Wiltshire Police say enquiries into exactly what caused the two people to become unwell are still ongoing.

The couple were kept in hospital for observation, no further details have been released about them.

 

 

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