Netizen 24 GBR: Sergei Skripal poisoning: Huge clean-up for Salisbury amid fear site may still be contaminated

By On April 17, 2018

Sergei Skripal poisoning: Huge clean-up for Salisbury amid fear site may still be contaminated

A huge clean-up operation is being launched in Salisbury at nine sites that may still be contaminated with the Novichok nerve agent used to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Police are handing over the cordoned-off sites to government officials after completing their investigations at the locations after the attempted assassination of former double agent Mr Skripal.

Officers and security guards will watch the sites 24 hours a day to stop intruders during the clean-up work, which could take months.

Ian Boyd, the Environment Department’s chief scientific adviser, who is chairman o f the decontamination group overseeing the work, said: “Our number one priority is making these sites safe for the public, so they can be returned to use for the people of Salisbury.”

Russian Spy Sergei Skripal: Salisbury Nerve Agent Incident

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Investigators in protective gear pursue the probe into the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal Getty

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Russian spy 'poisoning' : Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal are fighting for life in hospital PA

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Personnel in hazmat suits work to secure a tent covering a bench in the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found critically ill by exposure to a nerve agent Andrew Matthews/PA

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ilitary personnel are deployed to help remove vehicles from the scene after former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found critically ill after exposure to a nerve agent in Salisbury Getty Images

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Military in protective clothing remove vehicles from a car park in Salisbury EPA

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Police cordon: Military personnel in Salisbury PA

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Traces of the nerve agent used to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found at Zizzi in Salisbury PA

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Amber Rudd: she visited the scene where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found after having been poisoned by a nerve agent REUTERS

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Personnel are helped from their hazmat suits (right), after securing a tent covering a bench in the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found critically ill by exposure to a nerve agent Andrew Matthews/PA

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Personnel in hazmat suits walk away after securing a tent covering a bench in the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yuli a were found critically ill by exposure to a nerve agent Andrew Matthews/PA

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Police put a red bag inside a police evidence bag immediately after the nerve agent attack on a Russian spy. Officers previously issued CCTV of a woman clutching a red bag Solent news

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Police activity in the cul-de-sac in Salisbury that contains the home of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal who was poisoned along with daughter Yulia with a nerve agent PA

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Sergei Skripal shops at Bargain Stop in a CCTV image from five days before his apparent poisoning

Public Health England said that the risk to the public is low, with scientists assessing that the remainder of the Wiltshire city is safe for residents and visitors.

The nine sites are: The Maltings park area, Zizzi restaurant, the Mill pub, Mr Skripal’s house, the home of Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was also struck down by the nerve agent, two areas of Bourne Hill police station, Salisbury ambulance station, Amesbury ambulance station, and the Ashley Wood compound.

Contamination levels are understood to be low at most of the sites, some of which will be boarded off. Items will be removed for chemical cleaning.

Poisoned: former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia

Nearly 200 Army personnel, who are specialists in this work, will be part of the clean-up operation.

A small cordoned area of London Road cemetery, where Mr Skripal’s wife and son are buried, was the first area to be reopened to the public today after extensive testing established it was not contaminated.

Meanwhile, Britain’s cyber security chief put ministers, members of the royal family and other high-profile individuals on “high alert” that Russian hackers may seek to steal and leak embarrassing information about them.

Salisbury spy poisoning: Yulia Skripal discharged from hospital

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, warned that Russian “actors” may be seeking to obtain “kompromat” material â€" information about individuals’ personal or professional lives that they would not want to be made public. The UK and the US have issued a formal alert about “malicious cyber activity” by Russia amid warnings that relations with Moscow have hit an all-time low.

Detailing the type of possible Russian aggressive action, Mr Martin told the BBC: “In terms of things like kompromat, we should be on high alert for Russian actors stealing sensitive inf ormation, possibly doctoring it, possibly not, and then leaking it to embarrass high-profile individuals.”

He also warned of attacks on “hard infrastructure” and attempts to “meddle in the public discourse and free debate”, including elections. Meanwhile Russian officials said inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were due to be allowed to visit Douma near Damascus in Syria today after being prevented from doing so yesterday. Moscow denies that chemical weapons were used there.

The delay raised suspicious that the inspectors had been blocked access to allow more time for the regime to clean up evidence of the suspected chemical weapons attack on April 7 ,which rescuers said killed at least 70 people.

Source: Google News

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