Salisbury spy poisoning happened at home, police believe

Salisbury spy poisoning happened at home, police believe

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 8:40pm 28th March 2018. (Updated at 10:22am 3rd May 2018)

It's now believed that Sergei and Yulia Skripal came into contact with the nerve agent at their home address.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal first came into contact with novichok at their home address, detectives believe.

Specialists have identified the highest concentration of the nerve agent on the front door of the address at Christie Miller Road in Salisbury.

Detectives will continue to focus their enquiries around the home address for the coming weeks, and possibly months as the investigation continues.

In a statement from the Metropolitan police, the force say officers will be carrying out thorough searches in the areas surrounding this former spy's home.

Christie Miller Road, Salisbury

The searches will be part of the ongoing investigation as well as a precautionary measure.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing said.

"At this point in our investigation, we believe the Skripals first came into contact with the nerve agent from their front door,

"We are therefore focusing much of our efforts in and around their address. Those living in the Skripals' neighbourhood can expect to see officers carrying out searches as part of this but I want to reassure them that the risk remains low and our searches are precautionary."

Mr Haydon thanked the local community "for their continued support and understanding."

The investigation into who poisoned Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter, 33, is one of the largest and most complex investigations undertaken by British counter terrorism policing.

Around 250 counter terrorism detectives are working around the clock on the investigation, according to the Met police.

CORDONS

Wiltshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills said:

“The Wiltshire Police support to the Counter Terrorism Policing Network investigation remains ongoing and is likely to do so for a number of months.

“I am however pleased to confirm that the following sites have been handed back to Wiltshire Police by the national investigation:

  • The Maltings
  • The Ashley Wood compound
  • London Road Cemetery
“The Counter Terrorism Policing Network continue to retain the remaining scenes for evidential purposes at this time."
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