Amesbury Boots store declared SAFE after decontamination

Amesbury Incident Boots Stonehenge Walk Cordon

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 10:12am 12th October 2018. (Updated at 10:40am 12th October 2018)

The Stonehenge Walk store has been closed since June following the nerve agent incident.

Defra has announced this morning (Friday October 12th) that the clean-up process at the pharmacy has now been completed.

We're told 'extensive testing' has been carried out on site to make sure the building's clean, and it's now been handed back to Boots.

A Defra spokesman said:

"Thorough clean-up work by specialist military teams has been successfully completed at Boots in Amesbury and Defra has now handed the site back to Wiltshire Council.

"Like all the other sites in the South Wiltshire area affected by the incidents in March and June, government scientists have carefully examined the clean-up operation and are fully satisfied that the store is safe to return to public use."

During the four month closure, Amesbury pharmacy customers have been able to use the other Boots store in Salisbury Street to pick up prescriptions and medicines.

Staff from Stonehenge Walk had also been transferred over to keep continuity of services.

Sian Wilton, Head of Customer Experience for Central Region, Boots UK, said:

"It's been a real team effort for everyone involved to make sure that during this time, patients have been able to access their prescription medicines and speak to a pharmacist when they needed to. We really appreciate all of the support we've had from the local community and for the work that Defra have done to make sure that the store is safe."

The store will remain closed for the time being while some maintenance work is done on site though.

Alistair Cunningham, chair of the South Wiltshire Recovery Coordinating Group, said:

"I'm delighted that Boots pharmacy has been handed back and will reopen. This is good news for the local community as we are aware that this is a well-used and popular facility.

"Boots reopening is also a positive step forward for Amesbury following the recent incident and signifies that the town is getting back to normal."

LAST PUBLIC SITE TO BE CLEANED UP:

Since the Salisbury and Amesbury nerve agent incidents began in March, there's been a huge investigation and clean-up operation.

The Boots store is the last 'public' site involved to be decontaminated.

The only sites still waiting to be handed back by Defra are Charlie Rowley's house in Muggleton Road in Amesbury and Sergei Skripal's home in Christie Miller Road, Salisbury.

Clean-up is continuing at those sites.

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