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  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, March 2018

The dramatic events in Salisbury with the poison attacks on a quiet provincial city have put it centre stage. How should Britain and the World respond ?

And a year to Brexit: did people vote to return the country to "When passports were blue, the map of the British part of the world was pink, and faces were white" as the Lib Dem leader claims?

To debate that -

  • Baroness Brinton of Kenardington in Kent
  • Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove in Sussex, and
  • Michael Tomlinson MP, the Conservative member for Mid-Dorset and North Poole


'Thank you for your understanding'- Police praise public and colleagues for their response

Emergency services held a joint press conference this afternoon Credit: ITV

Emergency services have been thanking the public for their response to the ongoing situation in Salisbury.

A press conference was held this morning by Wiltshire Police, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service, Salisbury District Hospital, SWAST, Wiltshire Council, Public Health England, and the Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Mcpherson.

The conference yielded little new information, but the emergency services were praised for the calm way the ongoing situation was being handled.

The public were thanked for their patience while areas of the city remain cordoned off.

Temporary Chief Constable Kier Pritchard of Wiltshire Police said he was "unable to clarify how long" those crime scenes will be in place.

Currently, cordons are present at a number of sites around Salisbury, including around Mr Skripal's home and where he was found.

Dr Jenny Harries, joint director of Public Health England, defended the decision to issue new guidance about washing clothes as a precaution on Sunday - a week after the former spy Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia, and DS Nick Bailey fell ill.

She said: "It's really important to understand the general public should not be concerned. There is, on the evidence currently, a very low risk.

"We work with our colleagues here on a continuous risk assessment basis. When we get new information we continuously risk-assess groups of people who may have become exposed, from the evidence we have in front of us.

Salisbury Spy latest: Public Health England statement

Prof Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, says the risk of harm is "low".

But she told ITV that after "rigorous scientific analysis" there was some concern that prolonged exposure over weeks and months could cause health problems but it was "not a subject for panic".


FULL REPORT: 'Armed' prisoner still on the run

The manhunt is continuing to find a violent prisoner who escaped while being treated at Salisbury District Hospital on Tuesday.

Police fear 30 year old Michal Kisiel has a razor blade and are urging the public not to approach him.

Kisiel overpowered the prison guards who were escorting him and escaped at around 7pm.

Mel Bloor was live outside the hospital this evening with the latest on the search for this 'dangerous' prisoner.

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