Police officer nearly killed by Novichok during Salisbury poisonings stops violence


Police officer nearly killed by Novichok in Salisbury poisoning stops violence to find ‘peace’

  • Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was poisoned by Novickock in Salisbury in 2018
  • Nerve agent sat on the door handle of former GRU spy Sergei Skripal’s house
  • DS Bailey tweeted that he is leaving Wiltshire police because he ‘can’t do the job anymore’

A police officer who nearly died after being exposed to Novichok during the Salisbury poisonings in 2018 has announced that he is leaving the force.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who returned in 2019 after the 2018 attack, said he is leaving the Wiltshire police after 18 years because he ‘had to admit defeat’ and ‘can’t do the job anymore’.

He posted the news on Twitter, saying, “After 18 years in the police force, I had to admit my defeat and accept that I can’t do the job anymore.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey said he is leaving the Wiltshire police after 18 years because he “can’t do the job anymore.” He was left depressed after the attack in 2018

‘I wanted to be a police officer since I was a teenager, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, that’s why this makes me so sad.

“Like most police officers, I have experienced a great deal of trauma, violence, upset, injury and grief.

‘We take it, take it on the chin and keep going, because that’s our job. But we are still human and the impact this is having should not be underestimated.

‘The events in Salisbury in March 2018 have cost me so much and although I have tried so hard to make it work I know I will not find peace while staying in that environment.

“Police remain in my heart and I feel honored and privileged to be part of the Wiltshire Police.”

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was left vomiting and sweating with “pin prick eyes” after being poisoned by the nerve agent.

The Russian substance was put on the door handle of former GRU spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia’s home.

Mr. Skripal and Yulia were found unconscious on a park bench on March 4.

They were rushed to hospital and put into a coma to keep the poison from damaging their organs.

Yulia left the hospital in April and was taken to a secret location by police, where she was guarded by British intelligence agents. Her father joined her a month later.

At the time, Detective Bailey shared how he felt depressed after the attack, describing it as a “terrifying and very stressful time.”

DS Bailey was poisoned by the nerve agent put on the door handle of former GRU spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia's home (pictured together)

DS Bailey was poisoned by the nerve agent put on the door handle of former GRU spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia's home (pictured together)

DS Bailey was poisoned by the nerve agent put on the door handle of former GRU spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia’s home (pictured together)

But he also said he was lucky to be alive because mother of three Dawn Sturgess tragically passed away.

Mrs. Sturgess and her partner Charlie Rowley fell ill in a flat in Amesbury, near Salisbury, after handling a perfume bottle containing the poison.

Mr. Rowley – who found the bottle and donated it to 44-year-old Mrs. Sturgess – survived the deadly nerve agent. However, Mrs. Sturgess, who sprayed her skin with the substance, died in July 2018.

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