Retired Salisbury Novichok police officer ‘still fighting for part of pension’

A police officer who almost died after being poisoned in the Salisbury Novichok attack is "still fighting for part of his pension" after leaving the force, his wife said.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey left the police after 18 years in October and his wife Sarah tweeted: "Nick retired 7 weeks ago and he's still fighting for part of his pension."

The officer was the first person to enter the home of Sergei Skripal after the Russian double agent and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned in the Wiltshire city in March 2018.

Sarah Bailey was responding to comments made by the chairman of Wiltshire Police federation Mark Andrews about the nerve agent attack.

Mr Andrews wrote in the federation's Police magazine: "We… helped Nick to get the compensation package he deserves and supported him with insurance and his legal claim for injury at work."

He added that DS Bailey would receive support "for as long as he needs it".

Mrs Bailey responded: "Not quite sure where to start with this. Compensation package? injury on duty payout? Nick retired 7 weeks ago and he's still fighting for part of his pension. You even said he resigned. Not the case at all, he's been medically retired!"

DS Bailey made three attempts to go back to work, the latest in June this year, and described how he "couldn't deal with being in a police environment" after efforts to return in September 2018 and in January 2019.

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In a series of emotional tweets, he said: "After 18 years in the Police Force I've had to admit defeat and accept that I can no longer do the job.

"I wanted to be a Police Officer since I was a teenager, I couldn't envisage doing anything else, which is why this makes me so sad. Like most Police Officers, I've experienced my fair share of trauma, violence, upset, injury and grief.

"We deal with it, take it on the chin and keep going because that's our job. But we're still human and the impact this has shouldn't be underestimated.

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"The events in Salisbury in March 2018 took so much from me and although I've tried so hard to make it work, I know that I won't find peace whilst remaining in that environment."

Sergei and Yulia Skripal survived the attack but local resident Dawn Sturgess later died from novichok after she came into contact with a perfume bottle believed to have been used in the attack and then discarded.

Her partner, Charlie Rowley, was left seriously ill but recovered.

Two Russian nationals have been accused of travelling to the UK to try to murder Mr Skripal with Novichok.

Wiltshire Police Federation declined to comment.

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