British police release video of Skripal poisoning suspects

'I was petrified': officer poisoned by novichok tells of 'emotional battering'

'I was petrified': officer poisoned by novichok tells of 'emotional battering'

The first one, recorded by the CCTV, shows two suspects arriving to the railway station in Salisbury on Sunday, March 4 at around 11:48 am.

Police said they were appealing for more information from anybody who may have seen the two men in Britain between March 2 and 4 or had seen the counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume box or bottle.

"We lost all of our possessions, including the kids' - everything the kids own, we lost all that", Detective Sgt. Nick Bailey told the BBC in an interview broadcast Thursday.

"My pupils were like pin pricks".

"Physically, I think I've bounced back pretty well", he said.

At the time he put it down to stress, but the next day he was in hospital.

When Bailey said that in his blood discovered a "Newbie", he was scared.

"Everything was juddering - I was very, very unsteady on my feet", he said. My whole body was drenched in sweat.

One of the Skripals was being treated in the room next door, which he said was guarded by police.

He said he was also angry at how reckless the people involved in the attempted assassination were with such a unsafe substance.

Mr Bailey told BBC Panorama: "I didn't understand how it had happened, scared because it's the fear of the unknown because it's such a risky thing to have in your system".

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Det Sgt Bailey said it was painful "at the beginning" when he would have "five or six infusions" in his arms at a time.

Mr Bailey came into contact with the nerve agent after being sent to the Skripals' home, where it had been sprayed on the door handle. I could have adjusted my face mask and my goggles whilst I was in the house with it being on my hand.

He fumed: "It's such an outrageous, risky way of doing something that it angered me as well because any number of people could have been affected by that". However, after two and a half weeks after hospitalization, he was discharged from the hospital. Psychologically, "that's a different kettle of fish".

"That's taken longer", he said.

When asked by BBC's Panorama if Mr Skripal should have been better protected, former head of MI6, Sir Sawers said: "I think this question of what level of protection you provide for people who have been released and swapped in this way, it varies from individual to individual".

"We lost everything. It's been very hard to kind of come to terms with that".

Three months after the Skripals fell ill, two Wiltshire residents, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, were exposed to novichok contained in the fake perfume bottle.

After doctors told him that he had been poisoned with a nerve agent, he said, "I was petrified".

Her death helped detectives solve the puzzle of where the novichok had gone.

Also on Friday, November 23, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed the Skripal poisoning case was merely an attempt by British authorities to distract from Britain's upcoming withdrawal from the European Union, known as Brexit.

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