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Payout for Novichok victim: Police officer poisoned during Salisbury investigation gets settlement

Payout for Novichok victim: Police officer poisoned during Salisbury investigation gets settlement

A settlement has been reached between a former police officer poisoned in the Salisbury Novichok attack and his troops.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was the first person to enter the home of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal after he and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in 2018.

Bailey left the Wiltshire Police Department after 18 years after touching the nerve agent on a doorknob.

Mr Skripal and his daughter survived but Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after coming into contact with a perfume bottle used in the attack.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was the first person to enter the home of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal after he and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in March 2018.  The officer touched the nerve gas Novichok on the door handle

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was the first person to enter the home of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal after he and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in March 2018. The officer touched the nerve gas Novichok on the door handle

Police at a cordon on Rollestone Road, Salisbury, where Dawn Sturgess fell ill after coming into contact with Novichok

Police at a cordon on Rollestone Road, Salisbury, where Dawn Sturgess fell ill after coming into contact with Novichok

Master David Cook had overseen a preliminary hearing in June 2021 and had considered issues related to the disclosure of information.

A spokesman for Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors, who represents Mr Bailey, said a settlement had been reached on Tuesday.

He said the details of the settlement were confidential

Attorney Patrick Maguire, a partner at Horwich Cohen Coghlan, added in a statement: “We are delighted to have reached this settlement with Wiltshire Police, which is bringing this lawsuit to an end.

Wiltshire Police photographed fingertip examinations of the Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury in July 2018, where Dawn Sturgess visited before falling ill.

Wiltshire Police photographed fingertip examinations of the Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury in July 2018, where Dawn Sturgess visited before falling ill.

“All the issues related to this case have had a major impact not only on our client and his family, but on the entire country.

“We are grateful for the concerted approach that the Wiltshire Police have shown over the past few months, which has enabled our client and his family to move on with his life.

“Life has never been the same for Nick since that day in 2018 and this feels like a huge step forward in terms of some degree of closure.”

Two Russian nationals were accused of traveling to the UK to attempt to murder Mr Skripal with Novichok, smearing the highly toxic substance on the door handle of his home in Salisbury.

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