Salisbury Novichok attack: Brave Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey quits job after 18 years 1
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood writes crime and policing news and graduated Teesside Uni with a degree in Crime & Investigation.
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Brave Police officer Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey has quit his job after 18-years because he can no longer do the job following the nerve agent attack.

Two-and-a-half years after the Salisbury Novichok attack the officer has said he “had to admit defeat” and is sadly leaving his local force after 18 years.

Mr Bailey said that the attack in March 2018 “took so much from me”.

A number of tweets were posted on Saturday saying ” 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.

“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 reaming in that environment.

“Policing will remain in my heart and I feel honoured and privileged to have been part of Wiltshire Police.”

Having made three attempts to return to work, with the last in June he admitted he “couldn’t deal with being in a police environment” having made unsuccessful returns in September 2018 and January 2019.

DS Bailey was the first person who entered the Skripals home and was rushed into intensive care after he was poisoned, where it was feared he would die.

DS Bailey and two other Wiltshire Police officers attended the address in March 2018m after the former Russian spy and his daughter were found seriously ill on a park bench in Salisbury.

He became contaminated after touching a door handle at the address.

Both the Skripals made a recovery from the attack but Dawn Sturgess who came into contact with a perfume bottle which was believed to have been used in the attack sadly died.

Her partner, Charlie Rowley was also left seriously ill but also made a recovery.

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Salisbury Novichok attack: Brave Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey quits job after 18 years