No suspects identified yet in Salisbury nerve agent attack

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5:32am 2nd May 2018
(Updated 5:35am 2nd May 2018)

No suspects have yet been identified in the Salisbury nerve agent poisoning investigation, the UK's national security adviser has told MPs.

Sir Mark Sedwill, who advises the Government and works closely with the police and security services, also confirmed that security is being reviewed around other former spies who may be at risk.

It is now almost two months since Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a park bench in the Maltings Salisbury after being exposed to the military grade novichok nerve agent.

Mr Skripal is still being treated at Salisbury District Hospital.

His daughter was discharged last month following successful treatment in the intensive care unit.

WHO DID IT?

In his evidence to the Defence Committee in Westminster, Mr Sedwill was asked if any suspects had been identified.

"Not yet," he replied.

The Metropolitan Police, which is leading the counter-terrorism investigation, has not publicly identified anyone it has wanted to speak to, but occasionally that type of information can be withheld for operational reasons.

In this case Mr Sedwill's response suggested police simply don't yet have a firm suspicion that identifies anyone who may have been involved.

The Government has blamed Russia for the attack, claims Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials have vigorously denied.

Mr Sedwill also confirmed the review of security around individuals in the UK who may be at risk of a similar attack:

"The police who are responsible for protective security and the various agencies alongside them are reviewing the security of all people who might be vulnerable in that way."

In Salisbury, the clean-up work has continued with an army team spending several hours on Tuesday (May 1st) at the Ashley Wood recovery garage in Churchfields, where Mr Skripal's maroon BMW was taken after the attack.

Last week, decontamination began in the area around the bench in the city centre where the Skripals were found.

Work is also ongoing at the Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire Council offices at Bourne Hill, as well as at Salisbury and Amesbury's ambulance stations.

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