Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Police investigate car park for potential nerve agent contamination

A car park in the town of Salisbury has been cordoned off and an allegedly contaminated ticket machine has been enclosed in a tent, following last week's poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter.

Two police officers on Tuesday were guarding the forensics tent enclosing the ticket machine at the Sainsbury's car park in the Maltings Shopping Centre.

Sergei Skripal was a Russian military intelligence officer when he was recruited to spy for Britain in the 1990s. He was jailed in Russia in 2006 for revealing state secrets before being freed in a spy swap in 2010. He had settled in Salisbury, 90 miles (140 kilometers) southwest of London.

Police investigating the suspected assassination attempt have set up a series of cordons around sites linked to the attack, including a pub and Zizzi, a chain pizzeria.

 

British officials have said the risk to the public is low, but urged people who visited the restaurant or Mill pub, where the Skripals went before their collapse, to wash their clothes as a precaution. Some have questioned why it took health authorities a week to issue the advice.

Salisbury residents were split on who was behind the poisoning of the ex-Russian spy and his daughter.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia had been poisoned with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed in the Soviet Union near the end of the Cold War.