No contamination found at John Baker House in Salisbury

Rollestone Street Salisbury John Baker House Cordon Lifted July 2018

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:55pm 24th July 2018. (Updated at 11:34am 25th July 2018)

The cordons on Rollestone Street have been lifted as the site is handed over to the control of Wiltshire Police.

The cordons closing off part of Rollestone Street have now been lifted (Tuesday July 24th).

They were put in place on Friday 13th July to allow investigators from the Counter Terrorism Policing Network to search John Baker House.

The homeless hostel is where one of the latest nerve agent victims Dawn Sturgess is thought to have lived before she was poisoned.

Rollestone Street Salisbury John Baker House Cordon Lifted July 2018
Wiltshire Council has been leading the operation to get the cordon lifted

John Baker House is being handed back to the control of Wiltshire Police and it will now go through the remediation process, led by Wiltshire Council.

The force says that no contamination risk has been identified at the property and that Public Health England's advice is still that the wider risk to the public remains low.

Wiltshire's Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills said:

"I hope that this news offers reassurance to the local community that the multi-agency work in this area is progressing.

"As we start to see scenes handed back by the national investigation, Wiltshire Police will work with Wiltshire Council and other partners who are leading on the recovery process to assess and agree the next steps that need to be taken to safely return sites to public use.

"At all times public safety will remain the number one priority for all agencies involved.

"I would like to reiterate our thanks to the people of Salisbury for their patience and understanding, as I am acutely aware of the impact this cordon has had on the local community."

Alistair Cunningham, chair of the recovery co-ordination group, led by Wiltshire Council, said:

"This is an important step forward in the process of recovery and working with Sanctuary Housing, so John Baker House can reopen for its residents."

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