An officer who became seriously ill after being poisoned in the Salisbury Novichok attack has quit his job. Saying that he can no longer work for the force.
Police officer poisoned by nerve agent: Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey took to his social media Twitter account to say that. “he had to admit defeat” and adding that the attack in March 2018 “took so much out of me”. He had been a serving officer for 18 years and was the first to get to the scene at the home of Sergei Skripal. After Sergei, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia were discovered on a park bench in the city where they had been poisoned.
He had been exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok after entering the house. When it was discovered it had been smeared on a door handle. Mr Bailey said in a series of messages on Saturday that. “After 18 years in the Police Force I’ve had to admit defeat. And accept that I can no longer do the job. I wanted to be a Police Officer since I was a teenager. I couldn’t envisage doing anything else, which is why this makes me so sad.
Like most Police Officers, I’ve experienced my fair share of trauma, violence, upset, injury and grief. We deal with it, take it on the chin and keep going because that’s our job. But we’re still human and the impact this has shouldn’t be underestimated. The events in Salisbury in March 2018 took so much from me. And although I’ve tried so hard to make it work, I know that I won’t find peace whilst remaining in that environment.
Policing will remain in my heart and I feel honored and privileged to have been part of Wiltshire Police.” His wife and daughters were scared that he was going to die. After he spent 2 weeks in intensive care following the incident.
Although the Skripals survived the deadly attack it later claimed the life of Dawn Sturgess. Who had come into contact with a perfume bottle that is believed to have carried traces of Novichok before being discarded. Charlie Rowley, her partner, fell seriously ill but later recovered.
Two Russian nationals have been accused of the crime who go under the names Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. However, President Vladimir Putin has denied any knowledge of this and says that they are just normal citizens in Russia.
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