Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon said, “For our county to find itself at the centre of another Novichok related major incident seems somewhat unimaginable, and for one of the members of our close-knit community to have lost their life as a result is devastating.

“My thoughts continue to be with the family and friends of Dawn Sturgess, and I send my very best wishes to Charlie Rowley as he begins to make a recovery.

“It’s paramount that the police investigation, led by the Counter Terrorism Policing Network and supported by Wiltshire Police, is given the space, time and resource to establish the facts that led to this barbaric incident.

“Policing resources all across the country are currently facing extraordinary demand due to support required for the upcoming US presidential visit, World Cup, major events across the country and the ongoing incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury. This is alongside other ongoing operations and day to day policing.

“I am grateful that the Government has already pledged £4.1million pounds towards the costs incurred by Wiltshire Police during the investigation into the attack on Yulia and Sergei Skripal.

“We are in frequent contact with them, and those conversations will remain an absolute priority for me, to ensure that policing in Wiltshire and Swindon is not affected by the financial implications of these high profile and complex major incidents.”

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