Sergei Skripal poisoning: Police officer Nick Bailey reveals his family ‘lost everything’ because of Novichok attack

The police officer who was poisoned in the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter has revealed how his family lost their home and all their possessions after he was contaminated with Novichok.

In his first interview since the incident, Det Sgt Nick Bailey told the BBC: “Everything the kids owned, we lost all that, the cars, we lost everything.”

Speaking to Panorama this evening he told how his whole body was “juddering” and was “dripping with sweat” after he was poisoned.

Mr Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found seriously ill on a bench in Salisbury on March 4.

DS Bailey was left seriously ill in hospital after being one of the first on the scene on the night of the attack in Wiltshire.

He came into contact with the nerve agent after being sent to the Skripals’ home.

DS Bailey said he knew shortly afterwards that something was very wrong when his “pupils were like pin pricks” and he became “quite sweaty and hot,” he told the programme.

The officer said: “I didn’t understand how it had happened, scared because it’s the fear of the unknown because it’s such a dangerous thing to have in your system. Knowing how the other two (the Skripals) were or how badly they’d been affected by it, I was petrified.”

Novichok had been sprayed on the door handle of the Skripals’ home.

He added: “I don’t know whether, if it’s gone through the gloves, I don’t know whether, I mean, I could have adjusted my face mask and my goggles whilst I was in the house with it being on my hand.

“It’s such an outrageous, dangerous way of doing something that it angered me as well because any number of people could have been affected by that.”

DS Bailey was conscious during his time at Salisbury District Hospital, which included lots of injections plus five or six infusions at any one time in his arms.

He recalled that one of the Skripals was in the next room and there was a police guard.

DS Bailey was discharged on March 22 and said he is now trying to “take each day as it comes” in case there are any long-term health issues to be dealt with.

The attack left Mr Skripal and his daughter critically ill and hospitalised for weeks.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, who was later exposed to the same nerve agent after handling a contaminated perfume dispenser, died in July.

Her partner Charlie Rowley was discharged from hospital, three weeks after being exposed to the nerve agent.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon told Panorama that “a significant amount” of Novichok was found.

When asked how many people it could have killed, he said: “It’s difficult to say, you know, possibly into the thousands. The amount that was in the bottle and the way it was applied to the Skripals’ home address was completely reckless.”

Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs on September 5 that two Russian nationals were suspected of travelling to the UK to try and murder Mr Skripal with Novichok.

Evidence gathered by intelligence agencies led the Government to conclude the men were officers from the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU.

A week later, Russian president Vladimir Putin publicly denied the men identified by the UK were responsible.


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