Wife of policeman who resigned after being nearly killed by Novichok in Salisbury poisonings pays tribute to her ‘darling man’ by thanking nation for ‘overwhelming’ reaction

  • Nick Bailey announced yesterday he had to ‘admit defeat’ after 18 years
  • His wife Sarah responded to his ad and said, “So proud of you!
  • DS Bailey said today he was overwhelmed by the audience’s kind reaction

The wife of the policeman who resigned after being nearly killed in the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury in 2018 has paid tribute to her ‘darling man’.

Nick Bailey announced yesterday that after 18 years of work, he must “admit defeat”.

His wife, Sarah, responded to her husband’s Twitter announcement and said: ‘So proud of you! Forward and up. ‘

DS Bailey said today he was overwhelmed by the public’s reaction to his announcement, comparing it to a ‘virtual hug’.

He said on Twitter: ‘The response to this has been overwhelming. I am so grateful to everyone for their love and support. I feel like we got a virtual hug from the nation.

Nick Bailey announced yesterday that after 18 years on the job he had to ‘admit defeat’

“Thank you everyone, you are really great people. I wish I could answer all of you directly. I love you all.

Three days ago, while tagging her husband’s account, she said on the social media platform: ‘Watching someone you love wrestle is incredibly painful. If this is how I feel, living it must be a million times worse.

“I wish I could take it or move quickly to a better place. Still there my dear man. She ended the tweet with the hashtag #mentalhealthawareness.

DS Bailey said today he was overwhelmed by the public reaction to his announcement, comparing it to a 'virtual hug'

DS Bailey said today he was overwhelmed by the public reaction to his announcement, comparing it to a ‘virtual hug’

Three days ago, while tagging her husband's account, she said on the social media platform: 'Watching someone you love wrestle is incredibly painful.  If this is how I feel, living it must be a million times worse

Three days ago, tagging her husband’s account, she said on the social media platform: ‘Watching someone you love wrestle is extremely painful. If this is how I feel, living it must be a million times worse

DS Bailey was left to fight for his life after being hit with the nerve agent when Russian spies targeted former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia (pictured)

DS Bailey was left to fight for his life after being hit with the nerve agent when Russian spies targeted former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia (pictured)

DS Bailey was left to fight for his life in intensive care after being struck by the nerve agent when Russian spies targeted former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Yesterday he apologized for ‘leaving the blue line thinner’ but said the nerve agent attack in Salisbury in 2018 had ‘taken so much’ of him.

“After 18 years in the police force, I had to admit defeat and accept that I couldn’t do the job anymore,” he said.

“ I wanted to be a police officer since I was a teenager, I couldn’t consider doing anything else, that’s why it makes me so sad.

Yesterday he apologized for 'leaving the blue line thinner' but said the nerve agent attack in Salisbury in 2018 had 'taken so much' of him.

Yesterday he apologized for ‘leaving the blue line thinner’ but said the nerve agent attack in Salisbury in 2018 had ‘taken so much’ of him.

Like most police officers, I have experienced my fair share of trauma, violence, upheaval, injury and grief. We take care of it, take it on the chin and keep going because it’s our job.

“But we are still human and its impact should not be underestimated. The events of Salisbury in March 2018 took so much from me and even though I tried to make it work I will not find peace while staying in this environment.

‘The Police will remain in my heart and I feel honored and privileged to have been a part of the Wiltshire Police. I am very grateful for the opportunities they gave me and the support I received.

“We have all seen that the ‘police family’ really exists and in today’s climate it is more important than ever. To all the police, I salute you.

“ Keep fighting the good fight, I’m just sorry I made the blue line a little thinner. For me, it’s time for a change.

The couple, who have two children, were played by Black Mirror actor Rafe Spall and Annabel Scholey during a recent BBC drama series about the attack.

In addition to the Skripals and DS Bailey, local mother Dawn Sturgess and partner Charlie Rowley all fell ill in the attack, with Ms Sturgess later dying.

The Russian government has been accused of leading the assassination attempt on the Skripals and murdering Ms Sturgess by the British government, but no one has yet been brought to justice.

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