Statement from Temporary Chief Constable Kier Pritchard:
“I have visited Nick in hospital this afternoon and I can confirm that he is conscious, talking and engaging with people. Of course, he still remains in a serious, but stable, condition, but I am deeply relieved to have visited him and spoken with him in person.
“I have also met with Nick’s family and relayed our deep concern for their welfare.
“We have all been deeply appreciative of the outpouring of support from staff, public and around the country – we are very grateful for this.
“I would like to reassure you all that Nick is receiving medical intervention and care from highly specialist medical practitioners experienced in these matters.
“Nick is a hugely popular member of staff and all our thoughts are with him.
“The welfare of my officers and staff is of paramount importance to me.
“As announced by the Counter Terrorism Network yesterday, it has been ascertained that the substance involved was some form of nerve agent.
“Officers who were first on the scene displayed selfless commitment to their jobs as they tried their very best to help these two people – unaware of what they were dealing with.
“At the time of the first emergency calls no one knew what developments this investigation would take and I would like to commend all officers, staff and volunteers who respond to emergency calls, every day, never knowing what is around the corner as they keep our communities safe.
“Despite the fact that this investigation is now being led by the Counter Terrorism Network, we still have a crucial role to play in reassuring our local communities and ensuring the health of our staff and residents living and working in Wiltshire.
“We are also receiving support from other police forces through the National Police Coordination Centre and I sincerely thank all officers, staff and volunteers for their continued professionalism and hard work in what is a very difficult, fast paced and complex situation.
“A partnership response remains ongoing with Public Health England, the NHS, Local Authorities both in Swindon and Wiltshire and a range of other key partners.”
Statement from Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson said: “This is an unprecedented situation, and I’m very proud of the way in which Wiltshire Police have handled themselves since this occurred on Sunday. The way in which they have worked alongside our partners and the Counter Terrorism Policing Network is commendable.
“My thoughts and prayers continue to be with Nick who is still receiving treatment in hospital and his family. I am pleased to hear from the Chief Constable