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UK: Couple’s illness in poisoned-spy city is not suspicious

September 18, 2018
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Emergency services personnel stand near the Prezzo restaurant in Salisbury, Britain, where police closed roads as a "precautionary measure" after two people were taken ill from the restaurant, Sunday Sept. 16, 2018. Police closed roads and called a hazardous response team Sunday night after two people became ill at the restaurant in the English city where a Russian ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned with a chemical nerve agent. The conditions of a man and woman who got sick at the restaurant was under investigation. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Police say the case of a couple who fell sick at a restaurant near where a Russian ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent is not suspicious.

The Wiltshire Police force says the 42-year-old man and 30-year-old woman “were not exposed to any kind of nerve agent.”

The force said Tuesday it doesn’t suspect foul play in the incident, which set nerves on edge in the English city of Salisbury. Roads around the Prezzo restaurant were cordoned off as medics in protective suits investigated the incident Sunday.

British officials blame the Russian government for the March attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the nerve agent Novichok. Moscow denies it.

Two local people later came into contact with the nerve agent, one of whom died.

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