Defence in the Media: Sunday 11 March

Defence related news today is dominated by continued coverage of the incident in the Salisbury area and the military support to the ongoing police investigation.

Salisbury Incident

Articles are carried across broadcast channels including BBC News and Sky News who featured footage of military chemical warfare specialists removing ambulances and other vehicles. BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme also headlined the story and said that military personnel will continue to support the investigation in Salisbury. The story is also covered in all major print publications.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

Our armed forces have stepped up to support the police in their investigation in Salisbury, building on the vital expertise and information already provided by our world-renowned scientists from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down.

We have the right people with the right skills to assist with this crucial inquiry. This is a dreadful incident and my thoughts remain with the victims and their families.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson's statement can be viewed here

Picture of the day

Soldiers from The Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (REME), The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) and the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) remove a vehicle from the Accident and Emergency entrance at Salisbury Hospital in Wiltshire on Operation MORLOP, in response to a request from the police.