Police investigating 'incident' near Zizzi's restaurant Skripals visited before poisoning

Salisbury city centre

He said: "I was walking through the city centre and saw emergency vehicles and they had sealed off a stretch of Castle Street in Salisbury".

A force spokesman said: "We understand that our initial response to the incident may have looked alarming, but we hope you appreciate why we needed to take this highly precautionary measure".

"We thank you all for your patience and understanding".

An eyewitness who asked not to be named said the man involved in the incident was a "local homeless guy" who was "sat on the floor, completely conscious, talking".

Police officers have cordoned off part of the auto park at Monkton Park in Chippenham as army personel worked to wrap and remove a vehicle as part of their nerve agent investigation.

He said he saw a paramedic putting on a chemical suit while another "was shouting at the man to stay put and stay on the floor".

Another onlooker tweeted "Major activity in Salisbury". Police and search and rescue running into the railway station. Sirens audible for ages. Road shut in city centre, tent being erected here'.

The restaurant had been cordoned off during the investigation of the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury in March, who had visited Zizzi shortly before their collapse, but it was later allowed to reopen.

It comes less than a week after Dawn Sturgess from nearby Amesbury died from Novichok poisoining, with her partner still fighting for life in hospital.

Ms Sturgess died as a result of the poisoning on July 7 and Mr Rowley remains in a critical condition.

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