County news: Elderly man covered in chemical powder

Medical incident. Photo by Eddie Mitchell
Medical incident. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

An elderly man was taken to hospital after coming into contact with a chemical powder in Sussex yesterday afternoon (Sunday, December 27).

The 76-year-old man was treated by specialist teams after coming into contact with mercuric iodide at a property on Mill Bay Lane, Horsham.

Medical incident. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Medical incident. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 1.15pm and police closed the road up to the junction with Worthing Road.

Two other residents were taken to hospital as a precaution.

A cordon has been put in place as a precaution whilst specially trained officers ensure the scene is safe and secure.

Inspector Andy Sanford said: “We are not treating this as a suspicious incident and there is no risk to members of the public.

Medical incident. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Medical incident. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

“The cordon and road closure are temporary, precautionary measures and should be lifted later this afternoon.”

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Medical incident. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

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