Salisbury spy poisoning: Traces of 'chemical weapon' found in Zizzi

Salisbury Spy incident - Zizzi restaurant March 11 2018 (Spire FM Mike Draper) (1)

7:22am 11th March 2018
(Updated 9:39am 11th March 2018)

  • Traces of a 'chemical weapon' found in one part of the Zizzi premises
  • Restaurant is 'possible source' of deadly toxin used on ex-Russian spy
  • Zizzi building now covered by 'hoardings'
  • A total of 5 sites are being examined

Five sites across Salisbury have now been identified as possible sources of the nerve agent which left former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in a critical condition.

The locations include a bench in the Maltings shopping centre where the pair were found unconscious, Mr Skripal's home, the cemetery where his wife and son are buried, and the Bishop's Mill pub and Zizzi restaurant where the pair visited in the hours before they fell ill.

Investigators are reported to have found traces of a chemical weapon in one part of the Zizzi premises.

Police are continuing to guard the Castle Street eatery on Sunday morning (11 March 2018).

Salisbury Spy incident - Zizzi restaurant Castle Street
Police officers remain outside the Zizzi site on Sunday morning

 

No one else who was at the restaurant at the time is thought to be at risk, nor has it been suggested that their fellow diners had any thing to do with the suspected attack, the BBC said.

Police have identified more than 240 witnesses and are examining more than 200 pieces of evidence as they investigate the attempted murder of Mr Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter.

Detective sergeant Nick Bailey, who fell ill while trying to help the pair, is in a serious condition.

COBRA - OUTCOME OF EMERGENCY MEETING:

After chairing a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee on Saturday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd gave details of the investigation, which involves more than 250 counter-terror officers.

She said: "We need to give the police and the investigators the space to get on with [it].

"I want to stress that they are proceeding with speed and professionalism.

"We are putting in enormous resources to ensure that they have all the support that they need to do that."

Ms Rudd did not give details on the nerve agent that was used and would not be drawn about who might have been responsible.

She said:

"This investigation is focused on making sure that we keep people safe and also that we collect all the evidence so that when it comes to attribution (of the attack) we will be absolutely clear where it should be."

Meanwhile, Salisbury Policeman, DS Nick Bailey, who was one of the first on the scene after the Skripals were found, thanked the public for their support during his recovery.

Some 21 people required medical treatment in the days following the poisoning.

READ MORE:Catch-up on Spire FM News reports about the latest developments in the Sergei Skripal 'Salisbury spy poisoning' case.

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