A total of 21 people have received medical treatment after falling ill following the poisoning of Russian spy Sergei Skripal, police have said.
Kier Pritchard, temporary Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, said a number of people were taken to hospital after exposure to the nerve agent which has left Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia fighting for life.
He told Sky News: “There’s been a total of 21 people including the main two index patients… a number of those have been through the hospital treatment process.
“They’re having blood tests, they’ve having treatment, support and advice provided.”
His remarks are the first public disclosure of further victims beyond the Skripals and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, a Wiltshire Police officer who was among the first to give help to the spy.
Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter, 33, remain in intensive care after they were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury in Sunday.