British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has told the British House of Commons that the use of a nerve agent against the Russian ex-spy is “a brazen and reckless act”.
In her statement to the Commons, she said Mr Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia “remain unconscious and in a critical but stable condition”.
She added: “I regret to inform the House that a police officer has also fallen seriously ill. The officer was one of the first responders on Sunday, acting selflessly to help others.
“The latest update from the hospital is that the officer remains serious but stable and is conscious, talking and engaging.
“Our thoughts are with all three victims, their families and friends at what for them will be an incredibly difficult time.”
The tent covering a bench in Salisbury, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found critically ill by exposure to a nerve agent, is blown over by the wind.
Ms Rudd said she would not comment further on the nature of the nerve agent as it is a “fast-paced criminal investigation”.
Addressing speculation on who was responsible for “this most outrageous crime”, Ms Rudd added: “The use of a nerve agent on UK soil is a brazen and reckless act. This was attempted murder in the most cruel and public way. People are right to want to know who to hold to account.
“But if we are to be rigorous in this investigation, we must avoid speculation and allow the police to carry on their investigation.
“We are committed to doing all we can to bring the perpetrators to justice, whoever they are and wherever they may be.
“The investigation is moving at pace and this Government will act without hesitation as the facts become clearer.”