Salisbury restaurant cordoned off by police after pair taken ill

Salisbury restaurant cordoned off by police after pair taken ill

Wiltshire Police declared a major incident after a man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s became ill at Prezzo in High Street on Sunday evening.

A witness at the scene said: 'There's one fire engine, one ambulance, four police cars, a man in a full white body suit with a mouth-mask and police not allowed to tell us what's happening'.

Pictures from local press showed a hazardous material suit in the area, while a police officer was seen in protective clothing with their face covered.

Public Health England was informed of the incident, while firefighters were also at the scene.

The two people affected were taken to Salisbury District Hospital and remain under observation.

A witness in the nearby Cafe Rouge restaurant said they could see police bagging something up in the street outside.

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Wiltshire police said officers had been called to Prezzo in Salisbury's centre by paramedics and as a precaution the eatery and surrounding roads were sealed off.

The city is already tense after the novichok attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.

Both patients were treated at the scene and were conscious, the BBC reported citing the South Western Ambulance Service.

The pub, as well as the surrounding roads have since been cordoned off "as a precautionary measure", while officers are investigating the scene.

Two Russians resembling the men said on television on Thursday that they were innocent tourists who had flown to London for fun and visited the city of Salisbury to see its cathedral.

However, tensions have been building as the restaurant, on the High Street in Salisbury, is only a short walk from Queen Elizabeth Gardens, which was shut down after Dawn Sturgess was fatally poisoned by novichok in June.

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