Salisbury 'spy poisoning' park bench is removed

Salisbury Spy Investigation Maltings Bench Removal March 2018

12:11pm 23rd March 2018
(Updated 3:59pm 23rd March 2018)

  • The bench at the centre of the Salisbury spy poisoning incident is being removed to be 'preserved as evidence'
  • Increased activity on site, with staff in protective suits carrying out checks
  • New testing taking place at location of first cordon set up

 

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The paving slabs around where the bench stood is also being removed as part of the operation this afternoon,

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Some new facts about the scale of the investigation have been released by the Met Police too. 

They've told Spire FM News that they've watched: 

  • 4,000 hours of CCTV footage
  • Examined nearly 800 exhibits
  • Taken around 400 witness statements
  • Around 250 counter terrorism detectives are working on the case
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Salisbury Spy Investigation Maltings Bench being removed March 2018

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Salisbury Spy Investigation Maltings Bench being removed March 2018
Salisbury Spy Investigation Maltings Bench being removed March 2018

 

2:22pm

It's now been confirmed that the bench where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found in the Maltings will be removed today.

A statement's been released by the Met Police, saying the bench will be 'preserved as a potential crime exhibit'.

Here's what they've said:

"Specialist search officers wearing protective equipment continue to carry out a meticulous, systematic search for evidence to support the investigation.  That search is being carried out based on expert scientific advice to assist detectives in understanding the specific locations that are of most relevance to their lines of enquiry.

"The full range of relevant tests are being carried out and, as reported, this includes support from international partners.  This is an extremely challenging investigation and police and partners continue to manage a number of unique and difficult issues."

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Inspectors in the Maltings play park March 23rd
Inspectors in the Maltings play park this afternoon

 

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Incident in the Maltings Salisbury March 2018 (ellie harries)
New investigations at the Maltings

 

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Chemical weapons inspectors have been increasing their activity at places that have been cordoned off for the last couple of weeks, including at the Mill pub, where the Skripals went for a drink on the day they were found poisoned.

Inspectors in the Maltings in Salisbury March 2018
Work in the Maltings this afternoon (March 23rd)

 

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Inspectors in the Maltings in Salisbury March 2018
Staff in protective suits working within the cordon
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The activity started on site at around 11.00am this morning (Friday March 23rd) with the cordons slightly extended while the work's ongoing.

They've been working on the pavement close to the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on Sunday March 4th.

They've also been within the play park that's been within the cordon ever since.

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Inspectors in the Maltings in Salisbury March 2018 (ellie harries)
Scans taking place in first cordon in Maltings

 

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