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First anniversary of Salisbury novichok attack

First anniversary of Salisbury novichok attack

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 12:01am 4th March 2019. (Updated at 7:31am 4th March 2019)

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On March 4th 2018, the city and the world were rocked by the attempted murder of a former Russian spy.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found poisoned on a bench a year ago in the Maltings.

It was initially unknown what had caused the pair to fall ill, or who they were.

It was later discovered they'd been targeted with the nerve agent Novichok.

Here's what unfolded:

A year on, all sites caught up in the poisoning have now been declared safe having been decontaminated from the deadly nerve agent.

The last, Sergei Skripal's house on Christie Miller Road, was handed back on Friday.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, the police officer poisoned with novichok in March, says it been a bizarre year for him.

Nick Bailey
Nick Bailey spent time in Radnor Ward at Salisbury District Hospital when he was poisoned


Two suspects have been formally named by police as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Borishov Pics September 2018
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Borishov

They're wanted for:

  • Conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal
  • Attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey
  • Use and possession of Novichok contrary to the Chemical Weapons Act
  • Causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Yulia Skripal and DS Nick Bailey, the Wiltshire Police officer who fell ill responding to the incident.


Police are appealing for more information regarding the whereabouts of the bottle of Novichok between the Salisbury and Amesbury Poisonings.

Novichok Perfume Box Amesbury
Do you recognise this packaging?

Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, said:

"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the counterfeit 'Nina Ricci' perfume box or bottle that was recovered from Charlie Rowley's address in July.

"We cannot account for the whereabouts of the bottle, nozzle or box between the attack on the Skripals on 4 March and when Charlie Rowley said he found it on Wednesday, 27 June.

"Did you see this pink box or glass bottle during that time? Do you have any information about where it might have been discarded?

"If so, please call police in confidence on 0800 789 321 or email"

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