UK: Policeman hospitalized in Salisbury hospital over nerve agent exposure

A British police officer has been hospitalized over concerns about potential exposure to Novichok, the same substance which was used to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March.

The officer is being treated at Salisbury District Hospital – a short distance from Amesbury where Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her boyfriend Charlie Rowley, 45, fell ill last Saturday.

They remain in a critical condition in hospital after they were exposed to Novichok by handling a contaminated item.

The officer initially attended Great Western Hospital in Swindon on Saturday evening before being transferred to Salisbury.

Salisbury District Hospital also treated Skripal, 67, his daughter Yulia, 33, as well as police officer Nick Bailey, who fell ill after he came to assist them.

It comes four months after Sergei, 66, and Yulia, 33, were poisoned with chemical agent Novichok and found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury on March 4

All three eventually survived, with Skripal the last to leave hospital, on May 18.