FORMER Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey is still fighting for “part of his pension” after leaving the force, his wife has said.

He left the county’s police force after 18 years in October and his wife Sarah tweeted: “Nick retired 7 weeks ago and he’s still fighting for part of his pension.”

She was responding to comments made by the chairman of Wiltshire Police Federation about the nerve agent attack and its “biggest ongoing welfare operation”.

Mark Andrews wrote in the December issue of the federation’s Police magazine: “We … helped Nick to get the compensation package he deserved and supported him with insurance and his legal claim for injury at work.”

He added that Ds Bailey would receive support “for as long as he needs it”.

Mrs Bailey said: “Not quite sure where to start with this. Compensation package? injury on duty pay out? Nick retired 7 weeks ago and he’s still fighting for part of his pension. You even said he resigned. Not the case at all, he’s been medically retired!”

Nick made three attempts to go back to work, the latest in June this year, and described how he “couldn’t deal with being in a police environment” after efforts to return in September 2018 and in January 2019.

In a media statement on Monday, Mr Andrews said: “What happened to Nick is unprecedented and I hope will never happen to any other police officer or any other British citizen again.

“I can only hope that one day the offenders will be brought to justice and Nick will be able to rest knowing that.

“Wiltshire Police Federation has supported Nick and his family since this terrible incident and our door is always open to help him in the future.”

Mr Bailey announced in October that he was finally leaving the force in a series of Tweets.

He said: “After 18 years in the Police Force I’ve had to admit defeat and accept that I can no longer do the job.

“I wanted to be a Police Officer since I was a teenager, I couldn’t envisage doing anything else, which is why this makes me so sad.

“Like most Police Officers, I’ve experienced my fair share of trauma, violence, upset, injury and grief.

“We deal with it, take it on the chin and keep going because that’s our job. But we’re still human and the impact this has shouldn’t be underestimated.

“The events in Salisbury in March 2018 took so much from me and although I’ve tried so hard to make it work, I know that I won’t find peace whilst remaining in that environment.”