Update on investigation into Novichok attack in Salisbury

Update on investigation into Novichok attack in Salisbury

Published by Mike Draper at 1:53pm 15th August 2019. (Updated at 2:01pm 15th August 2019)

It's been revealed a second Wiltshire Police officer was exposed to the deadly nerve agent.

Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) network, investigating the Novichok attack in Salisbury, have confirmed that traces of the nerve agent have been found in a blood sample which was taken at the time from a second Wiltshire police officer.

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:

  • The Wiltshire officer was involved in the response to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal
  • The officer displayed signs at the time of the incident that indicated exposure to a very small amount of Novichok
  • The officer received appropriate medical treatment at the time and returned to duties shortly afterwards
  • The officer does not wish to be identified

Forensic examination of the officer's blood sample that was taken in March 2018 has since been carried out by scientists at Porton Down's Dstl on behalf of the investigation team.

The forensic test which uses a different method to that used to assess the clinical effects of nerve agent poisoning and has now given detectives confirmation that traces of Novichok were in the blood sample.

COMPLEX INVESTIGATION:

These forensic tests were carried out as part of what remains an ongoing investigation, which has been unprecedented in its complexity and scale and has involved thousands of exhibits.

Officers continue to work closely with scientists and experts to meticulously and methodically review and examine the evidence available.

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Wiltshire Police Officer Nick Bailey was the first of the emergency services to respond to the Novichok incident which happened in March 2018.

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