Sergei Skripal’s Salisbury home is dismantled to decontaminate area

Sergei Skripal’s Salisbury home is to be dismantled as military teams continue decontamination in wake of Novichok attack on former Russian spy and his daughter

  • Salisbury home of Sergei Skripal is to be dismantled as part of clean-up work
  • Former spy, 66, and daughter Yulia, 33, survived exposure to Novichok 
  • Wiltshire Council told neighbours decontamination work could last four months
  • Once deep cleaning work is complete the property will be rebuilt 
  • Police believe the poison was sprayed on door handle of Mr Skripal’s home 

The home of Novichok victim Sergei Skripal is to be dismantled as authorities continue a deep clean to eradicate any potential traces of the poison.

Authorities have told neighbours of the former Russian spy in Salisbury that decontamination work could take four months to warm them of the disruption, with the house to be rebuilt once deep cleaning takes place.

Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were exposed to the substance in the city last year but survived the chemical attack, which Prime Minister Theresa May said had ‘almost certainly’ been approved by the Russian state.  

Detectives believe the pair first came into contact with the poison when it was sprayed on the door handle of their property in Salisbury.

Officials have begun dismantling Sergei Skripal’s home in Salisbury, pictured, as part of an extensive decontamination plan to eradicate any traces of Novichok 

Former Russian spy Mr Srkipal, 66, right, and his daughter Yulia, 33, left, were poisoned by the substance last year and police believe it was sprayed on the door handle of the property

Wiltshire Council has written to neighbours of the Skripals to warn them of disruption that could last up to four months as military teams, pictured, take the property apart

The clean-up has been taking place ever since they collapsed on March 5, but work paused over Christmas.

The next, more extensive phase of the operation was due to begin on January 7, according to a letter written by Wiltshire Council.

Dated January 4 and signed by the council’s director of public of health, Tracy Daszkiewicz, it told residents that contractors would spend the first month erecting scaffolding to cover the house and garage with a ‘sealed frame’.

A military team will then dismantle and remove the roofs on the two buildings over two weeks.

Everything will be wrapped and sealed before being removed from the site, and then the roofs will be replaced, Ms Daszkiewicz said.

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The letter said: ‘This phase includes the removal of the house roof and garage roof.

‘All materials will be wrapped and sealed on site before being removed safely from the premises.

‘Once the covered frame is in place, the deconstruction work is expected to take around two weeks.

‘This specialist work will be carried out by the military team.

‘When that work is completed, contractors will move on site to build a replacement roof for the house and adjoining garage.’

Deep cleaning work has been taking place at the property ever since the attack last March

Wiltshire Council officials say the risk to public health remains ‘low’ despite the continued presence of the military

The council added all materials removed from the home will be ‘sealed’ at the site and safely taken away

She said the risk to public health remains ‘low’, adding: ‘The priority is to make sure that the two remaining sites affected by the 2018 incidents are thoroughly cleaned and returned to normal use as soon as possible.’ 

Wiltshire Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey is also thought to have come into contact with the poison when he searched their home.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, fell ill in Amesbury months after the incident and died in hospital in July after coming into contact with a perfume bottle believed to have been used in the attack on the Skripals and then discarded.

Her partner, Charlie Rowley, 45, was also exposed to the same nerve agent but was treated and discharged.

Workers have been seen taking roof tiles off the house and garage, pictured, of the property

Russian nationals Alexander Petrov, left, and Ruslan Boshirov, right, are suspected of carrying out the attack after being caught on CCTV in Salisbury ahead of the incident, although they claim they were there to visit the famous cathedral

Two Russian nationals have been accused of travelling to the UK to try to murder Mr Skripal with Novichok.

Evidence gathered by intelligence agencies led the Government to conclude that the men were officers from the Russian military intelligence service, the GRU.

The two suspects – known by their aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – were caught on CCTV in Salisbury the day before the attack.

A counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume bottle – which Ms Sturgess handled – is thought to have contained the substance. 

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