Salisbury Roads Cordoned Off After Two People Fall Ill In Restaurant

  • Salisbury Roads Cordoned Off After Two People Fall Ill In Restaurant

Salisbury Roads Cordoned Off After Two People Fall Ill In Restaurant

Authorities responded with extreme caution on Sunday in light of the March poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, and the subsequent poisoning of two others who came into contact with Novichok.

The ambulance service alerted the police around 6.45pm.

Wiltshire Police cordoned off the restaurant on High Street and shut down parts of the city centre at 6:45pm in response to the "medical incident" involving a 42-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman.

On Sunday evening, Wiltshire Police declared a major incident following a report that a man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s had fallen ill in the English city.

"Both people remain in hospital under observation".

The new autonomous machines are created to keep the emergency services and armed forces a safe distance from the scene of incidents such as the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

The police said the major incident status had been stood down.

Britain has said Russian officers used the nerve agent Novichok to attack the Skripals.

However, the restaurant remained cordoned off on Monday as investigators tried to establish whether the two people had been victims of crime.

But the source stressed: 'The symptoms of Novhichok poisoning and particular types of narcotic abuse are very similar'.

One witness said he saw a person in a hazardous material suit go between the restaurant and the ambulance.

South Western Ambulance Service said it dispatched four ambulances including a hazardous area response team after being called at 5.38pm yesterday.

Amanda Worne, who was at the restaurant, said a police officer told her the couple who fell ill were Russian.

The restaurant, on the High Street in Salisbury, is a short walk from Queen Elizabeth Gardens, which was closed off after Dawn Sturgess was fatally poisoned by novichok at the end of June.

Matthew Dean, leader of Salisbury City Council, said: "Footfall remains significantly down with the tourist sector in particular depressed and that is causing hardship for some Salisbury businesses".

He said it was correct for emergency service personnel to start with a "highly precautionary approach until they know otherwise".