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"We are pleased to report that the cordon in place in Castle Street, Salisbury, has been removed and the road has been

reopened," Salisbury Police have said.

They had been dealing with an incident involving a man outside the Zizzi restaurant on Castle Street where the Skripals dined before falling ill.

Wiltshire police earlier said: "Given the ongoing incident in Salisbury and Amesbury, we are taking highly precautionary measures to ensure public safety.

"While we do not want people to be alarmed hope you understand the reasons behind this and we will update you when we have any further information.

"At the moment there is nothing to suggest any wider risk to the public and we would ask people to avoid the immediate area and be respectful of the cordon which is in place."

In a tweet, the police said "at the moment there is nothing to suggest any wider risk to the public."

We do not want people to be alarmed, but hope you understand the reasons behind this. We will update you when we have any further information. At the moment there is nothing to suggest any wider risk to the public. Please avoid the immediate area & be respectful of the cordon 2/2

— Salisbury Police (@SouthWiltsCPT) July 12, 2018

An eyewitness who asked not to be named said the man involved in the incident was a "local homeless guy" who was "sat on the floor, completely conscious, talking".

The police, who were called to the scene at 6.20pm, said the man has been taken to Salisbury District Hospital and fully assessed by medical staff.

"We can now confirm that there is no concern for either his health or any wider risk to the public," Salisbury Police said.

"We understand that our initial response to the incident may have looked alarming, but we hope you appreciate why we needed to take this highly precautionary measure. We thank you all for your patience and understanding," they added.

We understand that our initial response to the incident may have looked alarming, but we hope you appreciate why we needed to take this highly precautionary measure. We thank you all for your patience and understanding.

— Salisbury Police (@SouthWiltsCPT) July 12, 2018

A photo shared on social media shows a road shut in the city centre, with the poster saying a tent was being erected on the road.

Members of the emergency services had been seen putting on protective clothing.

It comes as Charlie Rowley continues to improve after he and his partner, Dawn Sturgess, were exposed to novichok. Ms Sturgess died on Sunday.

The pair appear to have accidentally come into contact with the same nerve agent used against former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

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