Clean-up work begins in The Maltings

Maltings Salisbury Spy Decontamination April 2018

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:40am 24th April 2018. (Updated at 11:07am 24th April 2018)

Army trucks have arrived in Salisbury city centre to start decontamination work following the spy poisoning incident.

The clean-up work in Salisbury's Maltings shopping centre will begin this morning (Tuesday April 24th), following the spy poisoning incident.

Wiltshire Council have confirmed the decontamination process will get underway, as the city tries to get back to normal after seven weeks of closures and cordons.

The work aims to clear all traces of the novichok nerve agent that was used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Maltings Salisbury Spy Decontamination April 2018

MILITARY IN PLACE TO BEGIN:

Last night, three army trucks and some diggers arrived in Salisbury to start the clean-up operation.

Soldiers unloaded two large metal containers and a military mini-JCB type vehicle at the back of Tesco Metro.

The area around the bench where the Skripals were found unwell is one of nine sites to be cleaned in an operation that is likely to take several months.

The process there will include the collection of samples such as soil, turf and paving stones, then testing, cleaning and retesting to eradicate any trace of the nerve agent novichok.

Maltings Decontamination April 2018

Here's the latest from Wiltshire Council on the process: 

"Decontamination work will start at The Maltings, in Salisbury on Tuesday morning on 24 April.

"This follows an announcement last week on plans for the clean-up of the nine potentially affected sites.

"Work will take place around the area where the bench was located. Specialist teams will carry out thorough testing to ensure that any residual nerve agent used in the attack is chemically cleaned, or removed and safely destroyed.

"The work is being planned and overseen by Defra based on expert advice from DSTL, PHE, DHSC and the Home Office and with support of specialist MOD personnel form the Army, RAF and joint organisations."

Work is already underway at Bourne Hill - with Wiltshire Police and the Council moving out of the 'new' part of the building for up to eight weeks while that clean-up is carried out.

Maltings Decontamination April 2018

The other sites to be decontaminated are the ambulance stations in Salisbury and Amesbury, as vehicles from there were used in the recovery of the Skripals; Ashley Wood garage in Churchfields where their car was kept; and the Alderholt home of Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was also poisoned.

Mr Skripal's home Christie Miller Road, where it is thought all three victims were contaminated; the Mill pub where the Skripals had a drink, and Zizzi's restaurant in the city centre are still crime scenes and will be the last to be cleaned.

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