Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Nerve agent found at pub in spy attack investigation

Nerve agent found at pub in spy attack investigation

In 2016 a public inquiry found there was a "strong probability" that Mr Litvinenko's killers were acting on behalf of the Russian secret service in an operation "probably approved" by Mr Putin.

Former Russian military intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal attends a hearing at the Moscow District Military Court in Moscow on August 9, 2006.

The father and daughter were found unconscious March 4 on a bench in Salisbury.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who fell seriously ill after tending to the pair, yesterday said "does not consider himself a hero" and was "merely doing his job" in a statement released from hospital.

On Sunday, the government sent out a notice to people who went to The Mill pub or Zizzi restaurant before they were both closed on March 5.

Now, the government is telling anyone who had dined at Zizzi or the Mill Pub nearby during a 21-hour window that there is a chance - a tiny one - that they carried the nerve agent home on clothing or shoes.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

The incident has been likened to the case of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who died in London in 2006 after drinking green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210.

British counter terrorism officers are trying to establish how a rare nerve agent was used to target former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal.

They include members of the Army and RAF, Royal Marines and others who are specially trained in chemical warfare and decontamination.

Ms Rudd said it was still too early to say who was responsible for the attack.

Other countries' teams that have qualified for the World Cup, such as Poland, Australia, and Japan, could also be asked to join any boycotts, officials told the newspaper.

England's chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies said she believed fewer than 500 people would have been in either venue at the times specified.

TRACES of the nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal have been found in a Salisbury restaurant. Their prognosis is unclear; officials have not said if they have suffered irreversible damage.

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Many of the scenes witnessed in Salisbury in recent days are reminiscent of those in a Hollywood movie, which makes them almost surreal.

The restaurant is currently surrounded by a large screen while an investigation continues inside. He was granted refuge in the UK after a high-profile spy exchange between the United States and Russia in 2010.

On Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov dismissed allegations of Russian involvement as propaganda.

Yesterday, police said they have identified more than 200 witnesses and 240 pieces of evidence.

Public Health England said it had weighed new evidence before issuing its advice on Sunday, and it said the general public had not been at risk in the days since the attack. "This town is usually packed on a Sunday, but I think a lot of people are just staying away".

Defence minister Tobias Ellwood told the Press Association that the military's presence reflected the "seriousness" of the situation, adding: "We mustn't get ahead of ourselves but we must have a robust response and it's something that we'll be discussing with our Nato partners and with the forthcoming summit in Brussels in July".

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