Salisbury spy poisoning: Nerve agent used to poison Sergei Skripal and daughter 'delivered in liquid form'

Andy Wells
·Freelance Writer
<em>The nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal was delivered in a liquid form (Rex)</em>
The nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal was delivered in a liquid form (Rex)

The nerve agent used to poison former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury was delivered ‘in a liquid form’, the Government has said.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said a ‘very small amount’ of the Novichok nerve agent was used in the attack.

The details emerged at a press briefing in Salisbury, where reporters were told the highest concentration was found at Mr Skripal’s house.

<em>The highest concentration of Novichok was found at Mr Skripal’s house in Salisbury (Rex)</em>
The highest concentration of Novichok was found at Mr Skripal’s house in Salisbury (Rex)
<em>An area of the London Road cemetery will reopen to the public today (Rex)</em>
An area of the London Road cemetery will reopen to the public today (Rex)

Clean-up work is set to begin at nine sites across the city, as a tenth, an area of the London Road cemetery – which was found not to be contaminated – will reopen to the public today.

Defra said: “We either know there is contamination there (in the nine sites) or we think there is a probability we could find contamination there.’

Salisbury residents have been warned to expect a step-up in activity as investigators wearing protective clothes remove items and chemically clean the areas.

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Sergei and Yulia Skripal were discovered unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on 4 March.

Ms Skripal, 33, left hospital earlier this month, while her 66-year-old father is said to be slowly recovering.

The Government has blamed Russia for the poisoning, but Moscow denies having anything to do with the attack.