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Home Secretary 'guarantees' public safety after three poisoned by nerve agent in Salisbury

The Home Secretary has told Good Morning Britain that she can 'guarantee' the safety of the public in light of the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Wiltshire.

Amber Rudd said "We have been ready for a long time for the sort of incidents we have been seeing. We have five terrorist attacks that got through last year. Our police behaved with unbelievable professionalism, the fact is we have the best emergency services."

She added: We live in a world in which, unfortunately, the threat level in this country remains at severe, there are people who want to do us this terrible damage. We have great emergency services, but we are operating at a level of severe."

Three people are now in hospital in a serious condition after a nerve agent was released in the city of Salisbury. Police are investigating the incident, which hospitalised Russian spy Sergei Skripal, his daughter and a police officer who has not been named. All three are reported to be in a coma.

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