Police link major incidents at hospital and Maltings in Salisbury

Police link major incidents at hospital and Maltings in Salisbury

The incident which happened earlier this afternoon resulted in the closure of the A&E department.

Firefighters then decontaminated the area and several items were wrapped in protective layers and removed from the the Maltings shopping centre.

Two specialist ambulance vehicles marked "Incident Response Unit" were dispatched to the scene as green tents were set up at the entrance of Salisbury hospital.

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A major incident was declared at a hospital when people fell ill after being exposed to a unsafe substance thought to be the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

"The pair, who we believe are known to each other, did not have any visible injuries and were taken to Salisbury District Hospital".

Mr Holden said police were called to the Maltings in Salisbury at about 4.15pm yesterday, to reports of a man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s unconscious on a bench.

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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.

"At this stage it is not yet clear if a crime has been committed and a multi-agency response has been co-ordinated".

Police say they're carrying out a full investigation and working with partner agencies to clarify the exact circumstances.

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