Could Salisbury Prezzo incident be a hoax?

Prezzo Salisbury September 2018

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:31am 20th September 2018. (Updated at 10:44am 20th September 2018)

It's reported to be a line of enquiry after it emerged the man who apparently fell ill once pranked Prince Charles.

Alex King, 42, and his wife Anna Shapiro, 30, were admitted to hospital after becoming unwell at Prezzo on Sunday night (16th September).

It prompted a major incident to be declared by Wiltshire Police.

Yesterday The Sun published an exclusive interview with Mr King's wife who claimed the couple had been targeted by Putin because she was Russian and opposed the President.

The paper, which has now removed the article from its website, reported security sources believed the pair had been targeted with the rat poison strychnine.

That claim was dismissed by the Italian chain who confirmed the chemical was not used at its Salisbury branch.

The Sun exclusive with Prezzo diner Anna Shaprio


In 2006 Mr King hit the headlines after he carried out a hoax on Prince Charles managing to get into an official line up of stars at a film premiere.

In interviews afterwards he said it was part of a bet. 


Wiltshire Police are still trying to establish exactly what happened at the restaurant.

The force has confirmed to Spire FM  "we can't rule anything in or out"

"The woman from the restaurant has been interviewed once, the next step is to speak to the man involved."

Mr King is expected to be interviewed today.

Wiltshire Police stress no arrests have been made and the incident is now a "routine investigation."

On Tuesday (18th Sept) the force issued a statement saying the incident "is not being treated as suspicious"  making it clear the illnesses were not being linked with the poisoning of the Skripals or Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess.

The cordon at the restaurant on the High Street has now been lifted and it's expected to reopen later today.

Last night Salisbury District Hospital said two people admitted following the incident have now been discharged and said "both patients are now medically fit."

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