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Police confirm 21 people have been treated following Russian spy poisoning

Police officer Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, 38, of Salisbury CID, remains in a serious condition and is among the group being treated for exposure

Twenty one people have been treated for potential exposure to the unknown nerve agent used to attack an ex-Russian spy, Wiltshire Police have confirmed.

Police officer Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, 38, of Salisbury CID, remains in a serious condition and is among the group being treated for exposure.

DS Bailey is understood to have been one of the first police officers to respond to the incident.

Those being treated after the attack included an off-duty doctor who stopped to help the pair at the scene and a nurse.

Members of the fire brigade in green biohazard suits work to re-attach the tent over the bench (Image: AFP)

Detectives scrambled to find the source of the nerve agent used in the "brazen and reckless" attempted murder (Image: AFP)

Police officers search the home of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury (Image: Getty Images Europe)

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The doctor, whose identity has not been made public, put Yulia into the recovery position, before forcing her airway open so she could breathe.

So far she is not reporting any symptoms, the paper claims.

Today DS Bailey was talking from his hospital bed as detectives race to discover who was responsible for the attack.

Witlshire Police tweeted their thanks to the public after messages poured in for the popular cop.

The force wrote: "A heartfelt thank you from everyone at Wiltshire Police for your kind messages and support, particularly for our officer currently in hospital.

I have just left the bedside of our officer and family in hospital. Conveyed all our thoughts and wishes, an amazingly courageous officer.

Sergei and his daughter were found sitting on a park bench at The Maltings shopping centre. (Image: Daily Mirror)

The Wiltshire officer currently in Salisbury District Hospital is Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey (Image: Wiltshire Police / SWNS.com)
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"They are really appreciated and we are touched by the level of care and concern we are receiving. Thank you."

DS Bailey was one of the first at the scene on Sunday and found the pair slumped on a park bench in The Maltings.

The policeman was rushed to hospital in a serious condition but wasn't taken to intensive care following the attack, in which a nerve agent, described by Home Secretary Amber Rudd as "very rare", was used in an attempt on the lives of Mr Skripal and Ms Skripal.

Yulia Skripal is still in a critical condition (Image: AFP)

Sergei Skripal is also fighting for his life (Image: AFP)
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Ms Rudd said the use of a chemical weapon on UK soil was a "brazen and reckless act" and the Government stood ready to act as a clearer picture emerged.

Counter-terror police are working to unravel what is now feared to be a sophisticated chemical weapon plot amid heightened tensions between Britain and the Kremlin but they have not yet revealed what type of nerve agent was used.