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Wiltshire Police on naming of Novichok suspects

Counter terrorism unit releases images of Salisbury Novichok attack suspects, Russians - Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov Photo: Counter terrorism unit

The Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, Kier Pritchard, has responded to the naming of two Russian nationals as suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent poisoning:

“I welcome the significant news today from the Counter Terrorism Policing Network regarding the identification of two suspects who are believed to be responsible for the attempted murders of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Furthermore, I also welcome the news from the CPS that sufficient evidence has been secured to bring significant charges against these two individuals.

“I would like to praise the investigation team for their diligence, dedication and professionalism to date in what are truly extraordinary circumstances. They, supported by Wiltshire Police, have worked tirelessly since 3 March, and continue to do so, gathering and assessing numerous pieces of evidence and exhibits to try and solve this extremely serious crime.

“My thoughts, and those of Wiltshire Police, remain with Sergei and Yulia Skripal, Charlie Rowley, the family of Dawn Sturgess, who tragically died, and of course Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, one of our own officers, who thankfully continues to make a recovery.

“I wish to reassure the public of Salisbury and Amesbury that we, alongside our partners, will continue to work together closely to manage the impact of this incident on our communities and to help Salisbury and Amesbury return back to normal. We remain very grateful for the support of the public throughout what has been the most challenging of times.

“We will continue to offer our colleagues in the Counter Terrorism Policing Network our full and ongoing support in this investigation.

“I would urge anyone with any information following the appeal made today, to contact the Counter Terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321 or email the investigation team at Salisbury2018@met.police.uk.”

– Kier Pritchard, Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police