The detective who left Wiltshire police after being poisoned in the Salisbury novice bombing, said Nick Bailey’s wife, continues to fight for part of his pension.
Bailey retired in October because he said he couldn’t do the job he loved because of the effects of his ordeal.
In an attempt to wish him well at the time, Wiltshire chief Kier Pritchard said he would always be part of the “police family”.
In a tweet, Bailey’s wife, Sarah, said, “Nick retired 7 weeks ago and is still fighting for part of his pension.”
Mark Andrews was reacting to comments from the president of the Wiltshire police federation, explaining how he helped officers in the March 2018 attack on novichok.
Andrews wrote in the federation magazine: “It’s been the greatest welfare work the Wiltshire police federation has ever had.”
Bailey said he would get the help he needed and added, “We also helped Nicki get the compensation package she deserved and we helped her with insurance and a legal claim for work-related injuries.”
But Sarah Bailey tweeted: “I’m not sure where to start with this. Compensation package? Should I pay for a work injury? … You also said he resigned. Not the case, he has been medically retired! “
A Wiltshire police spokesman said: “Since Nick Bailey novice was found at the center of the international incident, Wiltshire police have worked with him and his family to provide ongoing support to help cope with the impact of this gruesome incident and try and return to active police duties.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t feel that sadness, and Nick left the force in October 2020 with our best wishes for the future.
“It would be utterly inappropriate for us to comment further publicly on private accounts related to the former police officer.”
Bailey contacted the nerve agent when he and two colleagues searched the home of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury. He spent more than two weeks in the hospital.
Explaining why Bailey had to leave, he said, “After 18 years in the police force, I had to accept failure and accept that I couldn’t do the job. I wanted to be a police officer when I was a teenager. sad.
“Like most cops, I’ve had trauma, violence, agitation, injury and grief. We deal with that, we take it by the chin and move on because that’s our job. But we’re still human beings, and that shouldn’t be underestimated.
“The events in Salisbury in March 2018 took away a lot from me and I tried very hard to function. I know I will not find peace while in that environment. The police will remain in my heart and I feel honored and privileged to be a member of Wiltshire Police.”
Skripal and his daughter were attacked alive, but in late June 2018 Dawn Sturgess and her partner, Charlie Rowley, were poisoned in Amesbury, eight miles north of Salisbury, after Rowley found a fake bottle of perfume containing the novice. Rowley recovered, but the 44-year-old Sturgess died on July 8.
The Wiltshire Police Federation declined to comment.