Major incident declared in Wiltshire as man and woman left in critical condition
Counter-terrorism police are working with officers in Wiltshire, England who have declared a major incident after a couple were left in a critical condition having being exposed to a mystery substance.
The pair, in their 40s, were found unconscious in a property in Muggleton Road, Amesbury, Wiltshire, on Saturday.
It is around 13 kilometres from where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent in March, but it is not thought that the individuals are linked in any way to Russia or to the Skripals.
Wiltshire Police initially thought that the couple had taken contaminated crack cocaine or heroin, but then decided to carry out further tests and on Wednesday declared a major incident.
It is understood that tests are being carried out on the substance at the Government chemical weapons research laboratory at Porton Down.
The Metropolitan Police, who lead the national counter-terrorism network, said in a statement: “Given the recent events in Salisbury, officers from the counter-terrorism network are working jointly with colleagues from Wiltshire Police regarding the incident in Amesbury.
“As Wiltshire Police have stated, they are keeping an open mind as to the circumstances surrounding the incident and will update the public as soon and as regularly as possible.”
The man and woman from Amesbury are in a critical condition in Salisbury District…