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Update on Salisbury Novichok investigation released by CT policing network

August 15, 2019 9:27 PM

The Counter Terrorism Policing network have issued an update regarding their investigation of the Novichok attack in Salisbury and Amesbury in March and June 2018.

They have confirmed that traces of the nerve agent Novichok have been found in a blood sample from a second officer at Wiltshire Police, who 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 Novichok and received medical treatment, returning to duties shortly afterwards.

Forensic examination of the officer's blood sample, taken in March 2018, has been carried out by scientists at DSTL on behalf of the investigation team.

The officer, who does not wish to be identified, has been informed and continues to receive support from the Wiltshire Police Occupational Health Unit. They are the fourth person to be confirmed as a victim of the initial Salisbury attack in March 2018.

As part of the ongoing investigation, CT colleagues have also made contact with other individuals whose blood samples were taken at the time, to seek their consent for forensic analysis to be carried out.

Scientists and clinicians have confirmed that these developments do not change any of the medical assessments undertaken at the time.

For more information contact the WC communications team (communications@wiltshire.gov.uk or 01225 713890).