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Wiltshire Air Ambulance not contaminated after Novichok poisoning

All tests have come back clear for Wiltshire Air Ambulance Credit: ITV West Country

Tests of Wiltshire Air Ambulance's helicopter and airbase have confirmed there has been no contamination of the deadly nerve agent.

The 'highly precautionary' tests came after paramedics came into contact with victims of Novichok poisoning.

Charles Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, fell ill in Amesbury, near Salisbury, on June 30 after being contaminated by the nerve agent.

Ms Sturgess died eight days after as a result of the poisoning.

The base at Semington was temporarily closed and the aircraft grounded on August 1st for testing to take place.

During that time, emergency cover was provided by the charity's Rapid Response Cars which carry the same medical equipment as the helicopter.

The base and the helicopter will be operating as normal from tomorrow (Wednesday 15 August 2018).

It is important to again stress that the testing forms part of the wider response to the incident and was undertaken on a precautionary basis – the air ambulance was not used to respond to the initial incident.

– Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills, Wiltshire Police
The airbase at Semington has also been cleared. Credit: ITV West Country

It is not clear how the disruption will effect the charity's fundraising.

It is too early to say if these events have had a detrimental impact on our fundraising but I know how much the people of Wiltshire value our life-saving service so know we can count on them to keep us flying.

– David Philpott, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Public Health England remains the same with the risk to the public remaining low.