The police officer who virtually died after he was uncovered to novichok in the course of the Salisbury poisonings in 2018 has introduced he’s quitting the pressure.

DS Nick Bailey, who got here into contact with the nerve agent when he and two colleagues searched the Salisbury residence of the previous Russian spy Sergei Skripal, stated he was leaving Wiltshire police after 18 years as a result of he “can now not do the job”.

“After 18 years within the police pressure I’ve needed to admit defeat and settle for that I can now not do the job,” he tweeted. “I needed to be a police officer since I used to be a teen, I couldn’t envisage doing the rest, which is why this makes me so unhappy.

“Like most cops, I’ve skilled my fair proportion of trauma, violence, upset, damage and grief. We cope with it, take it on the chin and maintain going as a result of that’s our job. However we’re nonetheless human and the influence this has shouldn’t be underestimated.

“The occasions in Salisbury in March 2018 took a lot from me and though I’ve tried so laborious to make it work, I do know that I received’t discover peace while remaining in that setting. Policing will stay in my coronary heart and I really feel honoured and privileged to have been a part of Wiltshire police.”

Bailey returned to energetic obligation in January final yr after 10 months of recuperation following what he described as an “emotional battering”. Recalling the second he was informed he had been poisoned with novichok, he stated: “Understanding how the opposite two [the Skripals] had been … I used to be petrified.”

Skripal and his daughter Yulia had been left combating for his or her lives after they collapsed on a bench in Salisbury on 5 March 2018 whereas Bailey was additionally taken to hospital, the place he was handled for greater than a fortnight.

Proof gathered by intelligence businesses led the federal government to conclude that the assailants, Russian nationals recognized by their aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, had been officers from the Russian army intelligence service, the GRU.

Shortly after looking out Skripal’s home following the poisoning, Bailey started to really feel unwell. “My pupils had been like pinpricks. And I used to be fairly sweaty and scorching.” He had gone residence, however was rushed into hospital. “The whole lot was juddering. I used to be very unsteady on my toes,” he stated in November.

Subsequently, he and his household weren’t in a position to return residence. “Not solely did we lose the home, we misplaced all of our possessions, together with every little thing the children owned. We misplaced all that – the automobiles … we misplaced every little thing. And yeah, it’s been very troublesome to type of come to phrases with that.”