THE policeman who was left critically ill after the Salisbury Novichok attack is running a marathon for the hospital that treated him.

Det Sgt Nick Bailey is believed to have come into contact with the deadly nerve agent when he and two colleagues searched the Salisbury home of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were left fighting for their lives after they collapsed on a bench in Salisbury on March 5, while Mr Bailey was also taken to hospital.

He was discharged on March 22 and has since returned to work at Wiltshire Police.

Writing on JustGiving, Det Sgt Bailey said he was running the Salisbury Marathon for the city’s hospital “because of the outstanding care” he received.

“In March 2018 I was poisoned by a nerve agent whilst at work,” he wrote. "I was admitted to the Radnor Ward at Salisbury District Hospital, an intensive care/high dependency unit.

“I was fortunate to be able to walk out of the hospital a couple of weeks later and this is down to the skill and determination of every doctor, nurse and member of staff on the ward."

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