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The parents of a police sergeant poisoned in the Salisbury Novichok attack have today hit out at the BBC's plans to 'sensationalise' the incident in a TV drama.
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was left fighting for his life after inadvertently coming into contact with the high-grade nerve agent that was intended for Russian double agent Sergei Skripal.
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The 39-year-old spent two weeks in hospital, including a spell in intensive care, and later spoke of the 'emotional battering' and revealed he had 'lost everything' in the wake of the incident.
Last week, the BBC announced it had commissioned a two-part series about the attack.
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But DS Bailey's parents Steve and Sue Bailey, from Sandleheath in the New Forest, Hampshire, have slammed the 'inappropriately premature' plans to turn their ordeal into a drama, revealing it was still 'very raw'.
DS Bailey, Mr Skripal and the Russian double agent's daughter Yulia were all taken to Salisbury District Hospital after the Novichok attack on March 4, last year.
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DS Bailey had visited the Skripals' home after they were found slumped on a bench in the city centre.
In the hours that followed DS Bailey became gravely ill as medics faced a race against time to save him from the affects of the poison.
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The police officer spent two weeks in hospital, while former Russian special forces colonel Mr Skripal and his daughter spent almost three months being treated there.
It was not until 15 days after the attack that detectives realised the Skripals and Nick Bailey had come into contact with Novichok when it was sprayed on the door handle of the former spy's home.
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The drama will be written by former Panorama reporter Declan Lawn and producer and director Adam Patterson.
The pair promised the series, which is in development and set to air on BBC Two, would focus...
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