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US News Police bill of £7.5m after Salisbury poisoning

20:46  04 june  2018
20:46  04 june  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

Charles and Camilla to pay Salisbury supportive visit after nerve agent attack

  Charles and Camilla to pay Salisbury supportive visit after nerve agent attack The royals’ visit will be on June 22.Charles and Camilla’s visit on June 22 will support the recovery programme under way in Salisbury which has endured weeks of disruption as police investigated the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia.

Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal © Rex Features Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal

The investigation into the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury is expected to cost Wiltshire Police £7.5m, the force area's police and crime commissioner has said.

Angus Macpherson said he would be asking the Home Office to cover all costs incurred since 4 March.

Former Russian spy Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unconscious from the effects of the military nerve agent Novichok on a bench in the cathedral city.

They were both admitted to Salisbury District Hospital along with Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey. All three have since been discharged.

Key Salisbury site reopens to public after nerve agent clean-up operation

  Key Salisbury site reopens to public after nerve agent clean-up operation The Maltings was sealed off after Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious there on March 4.Businesses in the Maltings area of Salisbury are preparing to reopen as the city takes a “massive step” in its recovery from the nerve agent attack.

Video: Medics who saved Skripals raise health fears (Provided by Reuters)


A large area of the city was sealed off as investigators moved in before a massive decontamination operation began.

Mr Macpherson said: "The nerve agent attack in Salisbury three months ago has been an unprecedented incident for our force, which has meant significant costs have been incurred because of the scale of the investigation.

"At this stage we are estimating that the total cost of Wiltshire Police's response is expected to be £7.5 million.

"I want to reassure the public that I am asking the Home Office to cover all our costs.

'Day will come' when nerve agent suspects identified

  'Day will come' when nerve agent suspects identified Three months after the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal, a senior police officer has said the "day will come" when suspects are identified and the nerve agent attack in Salisbury is better understood. Wiltshire chief constable Kier Pritchard told Sky News that counter-terrorism officers led by the Metropolitan Police are making progress in an investigation he described as "off the scale".A hundred specialist officers are still working on the case and have scoured 4,000 hours of CCTV, seized 2,300 exhibits, conducted 176 different searches in Salisbury and taken 900 witness statements.

Soldiers wearing protective suits work at an ambulance station in Salisbury, Britain, March 10, 2018 © Reuters Soldiers wearing protective suits work at an ambulance station in Salisbury, Britain, March 10, 2018

"The government has already agreed to an initial special grant funding of £1.6m covering our costs in the last financial year, and the policing minister Nick Hurd MP has recognised the ongoing costs to Wiltshire Police.

"I expect the additional costs incurred to be met in this financial year as well."

Mr Macpherson praised Wiltshire Police's officers, staff and volunteers, as well as partner agencies for their work.

He said local residents and the business community in Salisbury should also be "applauded for their attitude".

The forensic tent, covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found, is repositioned by officials in protective suits in the centre of Salisbury, Britain, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls © Reuters The forensic tent, covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found, is repositioned by officials in protective suits in the centre of Salisbury, Britain, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The Maltings area of Salisbury, where the Skripals were found, re-opened on 26 May - almost 11 weeks after the incident.

Businesses have been adversely affected, with some shoppers avoiding the area due to health and safety concerns.

Moscow has repeatedly denied responsibility for the attack, with Vladimir Putin saying the UK's explanation "is not possible".

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