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Major incident at Salisbury hospital after reports patients exposed to unknown substance

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

They were taken to hospital on Sunday afternoon.  Police said they received a call at around 4.15pm 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 in a critical condition.

In a statement Wiltshire Police said: "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 and a number of locations in Salisbury have been cordoned off.

A Public Health England (PHE) spokesman said: "Based on the limited information available there doesn't appear to be any further immediate risk to public health.

"PHE understands that those exposed to the substances have been decontaminated, as is standard practice in situations like this.

"Scientists from PHE's Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, will continue to assist the response and review information as it becomes available."

"If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they should call Wiltshire Police on 999 immediately.

"If anyone is concerned that they may have come into contact with the substance, we would advise that they contact NHS 111 for medical advice."

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