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Police rule out Novichok link to Salisbury diners becoming ill

Police rule out Novichok link to Salisbury diners becoming ill

Police said the cordon in the centre of Salisbury was a "precautionary measure"
Police say there is "nothing to suggest that Novichok" was the cause of two people falling ill at a restaurant in Salisbury.Wiltshire Police declared a major incident after a man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s became ill at Prezzo in High Street on Sunday evening.Nearby streets were cordoned off "due to recent events" in the city, but restrictions have now been lifted.Police say they are no longer treating the illness as a major incident. A Wiltshire Police statement said: "Due to recent events in the city and concerns that the pair had been exposed to an unknown substance, a highly precautionary approach was taken by all emergency services."
The two people affected were taken to Salisbury District Hospital and remain under observation.
In March Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia collapsed in the centre of Salisbury after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok.After weeks in hospital they were released, but in June two Amesbury residents fell ill after being exposed to the same nerve agent. Dawn Sturgess, 44, died and a murder inquiry was launched. The UK government has accused two Russian men, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, of attempting to kill the Skripals. But in an interview on a Russian state-run news channel, they claimed to be tourists. Russia has denied any involvement in the poisoning.
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