Poi­son fear re­turns for neigh­bours

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY PATRICK HILL [email protected]­daymir­

A MIL­I­TARY team yes­ter­day be­gan dis­man­tling the home of ex-Rus­sian spy Sergei Skri­pal – 10 months after he and his daugh­ter Yu­lia were poi­soned there.

Sol­diers in gas masks, rub­ber gloves and full-body cam­ou­flage uni­forms were seen tak­ing out a win­dow as part of a Novi­chok de­con­tam­i­na­tion plan by the Depart­ment for En­vi­ron­ment.

They are pre­par­ing to take the roof off the semi and its garage. A neigh­bour said: “It’s dis­con­cert­ing to see sol­diers here in pro­tec­tive gear after all this time. We keep be­ing told we’ve noth­ing to worry about, but it doesn’t feel like they’re telling us the full story when they’re walk­ing around in gas masks and rub­ber gloves. We just want life to go back to nor­mal.”

Mr Skri­pal, 67, and his daugh­ter Yu­lia, 34, were both crit­i­cally ill after be­ing poi­soned by Novi­chok last March.

De­tec­tives be­lieve as­sas­sins sprayed the nerve agent on the front door of the fam­ily home in Sal­is­bury, Wilts, on or­ders of the Rus­sian state. Con­trac­tors have been deep-clean­ing the house since the pair – now liv­ing at a se­cret lo­ca­tion – fell ill.

It is un­der­stood all con­tents will be sealed and re­moved be­fore new roofs are in­stalled and the house is “fit to live in”. Wilt­shire Coun­cil has told res­i­dents the health risk is low.

Po­lice of­fi­cer Nick Bai­ley is still re­cov­er­ing after com­ing into con­tact with the toxin while search­ing the house.

The two Rus­sian sus­pects, known by aliases Alexan­der Petrov and Rus­lan Boshi­rov, re­main at large.

STRIPPED De­con­tam­i­na­tion team works on Skri­pal houseVIC­TIMS Yu­lia and dad SergeiTAK­ING NO CHANCES Soldier takes away sealed win­dow

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