THERESA MAY visited poisoned policeman Nick Bailey in hospital yesterday as investigators sealed off the roads around his house.
Downing Street said the prime minister had a ‘private conversation’ with the detective sergeant — who is in a serious but stable condition — but declined to reveal further details.
Mrs May was also given a tour of Salisbury city centre where Det Sgt Bailey went to the aid of poisoned Russians Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia after they collapsed. They remain in a critical condition in the same hospital as Mr Bailey.
She later spoke with first responders who helped the Skripals.
PC Alex Collins, who was among the first to arrive on the scene, was overheard telling the PM: ‘It was a routine call, two people on a bench slumped over, which was nothing out of the ordinary.’
Mrs May replied: ‘You had no idea what you were dealing with. Thank you, what you did was what police do day in and day out. You did a great job.’
A paramedic, who gave his name as Ian, told the PM he was the first medic to arrive on the scene, in a fast response car. He said he treated Ms Skripal after being told by a 999 operator that it was a suspected drugs case.
‘That’s what I was treating for, that’s what we treated them for initially,’ he revealed.
The prime minister also met local business owners and shook hands with passers-by, including a teenager girl who fist-bumped her. She posed for selfies and one well-wisher gave her a bunch of flowers.
However the visit wasn’t completely welcomed. Some heckled Mrs May about benefit cuts and her ‘rush’ to blame the Russian government for the attack.
In Alderholt, 11 miles from Salisbury, military vehicles and Metropolitan Police officers cordoned off streets around Det Sgt Bailey’s home. At least one car was removed.
Resident Tim Clews, 57, said: ‘I presume the police have to treat everything as though it was contaminated.’
He said he was ‘reassured’ by the army’s presence.