Emergency services have sealed off a restaurant in Salisbury and closed streets after people were taken ill.
Amanda Newton, who was sitting next to the couple, claims she and others will now have to undergo blood tests.
“A nice meal in Prezzo turns into a major incident as two people sitting next to us take seriously ill and the whole area is closed. We are being taken to a safe place and may need blood tests at Salisbury hospital.”
Feeling a little apprehensive as Salisbury leaps to action again when 2 Russians are taken I’ll in Prezzos showing the same symptoms as before ….. AND WE WERE SITTING NEXT TO THEM ! Now under police supervision waiting for medical team to give us the all clear ! pic.twitter.com/vedFfPot72
— Lifeonpinkwheels (@AmandaWorne) September 16, 2018
After contacting the local health board, I was informed that Salisbury District Hospital is on standby to receive patients involved in the incident. It is understood that other diners in the restaurant are also being taken to the hospital.
Sam Proudfoot said that there was “a man in a full white body suit with a mouth mask”:
Trouble in Salisbury again on New Street near the cathedral, no sign of what’s happened but there’s 1 fire engine, 1 ambulance and 4 police cars, a man in a full white body suit with a mouth-mask and police not allowed to tell us what’s happening @BBCNews @SpireFM @SkyNews pic.twitter.com/3XpNVkH9or
— Sam Proudfoot (@samproudy01) September 16, 2018
A South Western Ambulance Service spokesman said the couple were awake when medics arrived and are being treated at the scene but there is no indication of their identity. They added there were four ambulances at the scene and the Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) are also there.
There are fears that this is a repeat of a previous incident in March this year in which a former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a Novichok nerve agent.