Salisbury's Ambulance Station decontaminated

Ambulance removed Russian Spy ( Mike)

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:08pm 31st May 2018.

The process to clean up the Odstock Road ambulance station has been completed by Defra, following the spy poisoning.

Decontamination work at Salisbury's Ambulance Station has been completed by Defra, following the spy poisoning incident.

The site on Odstock Road has been one of nine that has needed specialist cleaning and testing in connection with what happened back in March.

The ambulance station was included as vehicles from the site were involved in transporting Sergei and Yulia Skripal to Salisbury District Hospital after they were found unwell in the Maltings.

Defra has officially handed control of the site to the Wiltshire Council-led recovery co-ordinating group.

They've in turn, handed it over to the South Western Ambulance Trust, who will carry out a few of their own works before moving back into the station in due course.

A temporary ambulance station has been operating from Salisbury District Hospital for the duration of the decontamination.

Alistair Cunningham, chair of the Salisbury Recovery Coordinating Group said:

"This is good news for Salisbury and is another positive step in the recovery programme. The city is returning to normal and the release of this site following the Maltings reopening last weekend is encouraging and reassuring that Salisbury is safe for visitors and local residents."

REACTION FROM DEFRA:

A spokesperson for the Government department said:

"As part of our ongoing clean-up operations in Salisbury, decontamination work is now complete at the Salisbury Ambulance Station.

"The site has been handed back to Wiltshire Council, that has released it back to the NHS Trust.

"Returning this site to use is another positive step for the people of Salisbury and is part of the government's commitment to supporting this historic British city in its recovery."

This site is the second to be handed to the recovery coordinating group, following The Maltings site last week.

The Maltings reopening night

Other potentially affected sites in the city are still being cleaned by specialist teams - they include Amesbury's Ambulance Station, Salisbury's Bourne Hill Police Station, The Mill pub and Zizzi's restaurant.

Defra is overseeing the work based on expert advice from the Porton Down based DSTL and Public Health England, the Government's Department for Health and Social Care and the Home Office, with the support of specially trained MOD personnel.

Sergei Skripal's house in Christie Miller Road is still under police investigation.

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