Salisbury has been declared decontaminated of novichok after a year-long military clean-up operation following the Sergei Skripal nerve agent attack. Government environmental experts today handed back the former Russian spy’s former house following the clean up of 11 other potentially infected sites. Military teams have spent 13,000 hours on the clean-up after Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were targeted with the nerve agent on March 4, 2018 and left seriously ill. They took 5,000 test samples from across Salisbury and nearby Amesbury, where Dawn Sturgess, 44, was fatally poisoned in July, during the 355-day operation. Following a year-long clean-up campaign, Salisbury has now been declared clean of the Russian nerve agent novichok, which was used in the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Russian secret agents unsuccessfully targeted Mr Skripal (left) and his daughter Yulia (centre). The mess they made meant completely innocent mother Dawn Sturgess (right) was killed after coming into contact with the military-grade chemical weapon The Skripals’ house, in Christie Miller Road, was handed from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) back to Wiltshire Council today. Brigadier David Southall said: The incredibly complex decontamination work carried out by the Armed Forces over the past… Read full this story
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