Wiltshire Police’s investigation into the major incident in Salisbury continues.
On Sunday afternoon, at approximately 4.15pm, Wiltshire Police received a call from a member of the public who was concerned for the welfare of two people.
The two people – a man aged 66 and a woman aged 33 – were found unconscious on a bench in The Maltings in Salisbury.
Police officers, as well as colleagues from the ambulance and fire services attended the scene and cordons were put in place.
The pair, who are believed to know to each other, did not have any visible injuries and were taken to Salisbury District Hospital. They are currently being treated for suspected exposure to an unknown substance. Both remain in a critical condition in intensive care and our thoughts are with their families.
As part of police enquiries, a number of scenes have been secured. These include the Zizzi restaurant on Castle Street and The Bishop’s Mill pub in The Maltings. At this time, it is uncertain how long these cordons will remain in place.
A small number of emergency services personnel were assessed immediately after the incident and all but one have been released from hospital. However, the advice from Public Health England remains that, based on the evidence to date, currently there doesn’t appear to be any immediate risk to public health.
The public are likely to continue to see an increased police and emergency services presence in the city centre today to provide reassurance.
Wiltshire Police will continue to work with a range of partner agencies, including Counter Terrorism Policing, Public Health England and Salisbury District Hospital and have access to a wide range of specialist resources and services that are helping to understand what they are or aren’t dealing with at this time.
Police continue to appeal to any members of the public who may have information in relation to this incident to contact them immediately via 101 or 999. They would like to reassure members of the public that incidents of this nature are taken extremely seriously.
Wiltshire Police would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the public who have assisted them so far and respected the cordons which remain in place.