Met Police take charge of new cordon in Dorset

Incident in Gillingham (Darren David Garrett)

11:09am 14th March 2018
(Updated 5:02pm 14th March 2018)

The probe into the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury has been widened.

Met Police have taken charge of a cordon in Gillingham in Dorset around 20 miles from our city.

Hyde Road in Gillingham was closed at 9am this morning (14th March) with a notice posted by Dorset Police warning any vehicles left in the area would be removed.

Dorset Police wouldn't comment on the incident but confirmed the Met Police were in charge.

An Ashley Wood vehicle has now been seen being removed from the scene by a Military loader.

Green tents have been erected in the area and an ambulance along with other emergency services are present.

Gillingham incident road closure sign (Dreamyqueeny Twitter)
Police parking notice in Gillingham (credit: Dreamyqueeny Twitter)

Last week, Ashley Wood, a vehicle recovery firm, on Churchfields Industrial Estate was sealed off by police to recover a BMW car, the same make as driven by Sergei Skripal.

Red BMW at Ashley Wood recovery in Salisbury
Red BMW thought to be Sergei Skripal's car at Ashley Wood recovery in Salisbury

It understood the firm had collected Mr Skripal's car from the top level of the Malting's car park where he left his vehicle on Sunday 4th March.

The company has a branch in Shaftesbury as well as Salisbury.

The investigations at Ashley Wood are continuing today. Here's what it looks like:

Investigations at Ashley Wood in Salisbury
Investigations at Ashley Wood in Salisbury continue

 A spokesperson for the Met Police said:

"The military is assisting police to remove a number of vehicles and items from areas of Dorset, following the incident in Salisbury.

"The public should not be alarmed and the public health advice remains the same.

"The military has the expertise and capability to respond to a range of contingencies.

"The Ministry of Defence regularly assists the emergency services and local authorities in the UK. Military assistance will continue as necessary during this investigation."

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