Wiltshire Police and partners have declared a major incident after two people are thought to have been exposed to an unknown substance in Salisbury.

Police received a call at approximately 4.15pm yesterday (4 March 2018) regarding concern for the welfare of a man and a woman in The Maltings, Salisbury.

They were taken to Salisbury District Hospital and are being treated for suspected exposure to an unknown substance. They are currently in a critical condition.

At this stage it is not yet clear if a crime has been committed and a multi-agency response has been co-ordinated.

Police are carrying out a full investigation and working with partner agencies, to clarify the exact circumstances.

At this stage, Wiltshire Police does not believe there is any risk to the wider public.

Salisbury District Hospital is advising people to still attend routine appointments unless they are contacted.

There are a number of locations in Salisbury which have been cordoned off in relation to this matter.

WIltshire Police says it will update the public as soon and as regularly as possible.

Public Health England has issued the following statement

Based on the limited information available there doesn’t appear to be any further immediate risk to public health.

Public Health England (PHE) spokesman
  • Anyone with information regarding this incident should call Wiltshire Police on 999

  • Anyone who is concerned that they may have come into contact with the substance should contact NHS 111 for medical advice