Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey back to work at Wiltshire Police

Nick Bailey 3 Credit BBC

Published by Ellie Harries at 3:09pm 15th January 2019.

The officer, who was hospitalised after being exposed to novichok last March, is on duty once again.

Det Sgt Nick Bailey (pictured above, photo credit BBC) came into contact with the nerve agent at the Salisbury home of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal at Christie Miller Road 10 months ago.

Sergei Skripal Collage with hazmat, bench and his home (Ellie Harries)
Nick was poisoned at the home of Sergei Skripal

He'd been sent there as part of the investigation after Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unwell in the Maltings.

It's believed that novichok has been put onto the door handle of the house, and the nerve agent transferred to Det Sgt Bailey.

He spent two and a half weeks at Salisbury District Hospital's Intensive Care Unit getting treatment for the effects of the poison.

Novichok Perfume Bottle Amesbury
The novichok was sprayed onto the door of Sergei Skripal's house in a bottle like this

After being discharged, he continued his recuperation, but he and his family had to move out of their home because of the risk of contamination.

Det Sgt Bailey later spoke on the BBC's Panorama programme to reveal how difficult his recovery has been.

Today (Tuesday January 15th), it's been confirmed that Nick is now back at work with Wiltshire Police.

It's not been revealed whether he's on frontline duty again, or on desk duties.

Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson has said in an interview with the BBC that Nick is 'making a good recovery' and he's 'doing very well'.

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