Police close restaurant in Salisbury city centre

     CLOSED The hospital has been cordoned off as the fire service investigate the incident

"The two people - a man aged in his 60s, and a woman aged in her 30s - were found unconscious on a bench in The Maltings in Salisbury", Wiltshire police said on Monday, adding that the injured are known to each other.

"On the bench there was a couple, an older guy and a younger girl".

"This has not been declared as a counterterrorism incident and we would urge people not to speculate", Wiltshire police's Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden told reporters.

Officers say they have yet to discover "whether or not a crime has taken place". She was sort of leant in on him, it looked like she had passed out maybe.

Since finding refuge in Britain, Skripal kept largely out of the spotlight until he was seen making odd movements on a bench in Wiltshire on Sunday.

Skripal arrived in the United Kingdom as part of a high-profile spy swap in 2010, and was one of four Russians exchanged for 10 deep cover sleeper agents planted by Moscow in the USA, according to the U.K.'s Mirror. The two are still in critical condition and the hospital and a number of locations in Salsbury were cordoned off in relation to the incident. "But it looked like they'd been taking something quite strong".

Staff opened a separate triage centre nearby to treat emergency patients while the A&E unit remained closed.

Among the Russian agents deported from America as part of the deal was Manhattan socialite and diplomat's daughter Anna Chapman, who was married to a British man and lived in London for several years. There were also news reports claiming the two had been exposed to a deadly opioid in an incident on Sunday.

In 2006, Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko died after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210. A British inquiry said that the "hit" was probably approved by President Vladimir Putin.



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