Salisbury warned Skripal poisoning could leave traces of nerve agent

Salisbury warned Skripal poisoning could leave traces of nerve agent
The Mill – a pub the Skripals visited the day they were poisoned Photo: BBC

Clean-up works are carried out at nine hotspots associated with the attempted murder of the former Russian intelligence officer and his daughter.

People living in the British Salisbury have been warned that there could be infected places in the city, after the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent on March 4, the BBC reports. The chief scientific adviser of Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Ian Boyd, warned of the danger at a meeting with the city.

According to Mr. Boyd, the city continues to work on decontamination of nine toxic hotspots after the Skripal poisoning. Some of them are Zizzi restaurant and The Mill pub, where the Russian spy and his daughter were on the day of poisoning. The adviser warned that in some places relatively high concentrations of the toxic substance might be found even today.

Clean-up is also being carried out at the police stations that took samples of the substance, two ambulance stations that brought the couple to the hospital, and the house of police sergeant Nick Bailey, who was hospitalized with the same symptoms as the Skripals soon after they were found. The house of Sergei Skripal will also be cleaned after the investigation team completes their work there.

The authorities met with the Salisbury residents on April 19. Officials of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as well as the police and health authorities attended the meeting.

There have been no poisoning incidents in the city since the Skripal affair, it is reported.

Yulia Skripal was discharged from the hospital on April 10. According to the British authorities, her father was making less progress, but doctors expect that he will be able to leave the clinic eventually.

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