US News Police bill of £7.5m after Salisbury poisoning
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.
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.
Murder Investigation Launched After Car Collides With Pedestrians Outside Stockport Nightclub
A murder investigation has been launched after a man in his 30s died and a number of others were injured when an Audi A4 collided with pedestrians outside a club in Stockport, police said. Greater Manchester Police were called to The Salisbury Club on Truro Avenue in Brinnington, Stockport, to reports that a car had collided with a number of people at around 10.45pm on Sunday May 27.Before emergency services arrived, the car – believed to be a black Audi A4 – fled the scene.It was later found abandoned in lane two of the M60 motorway, near to Redrock, and seized by officers.
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.
Stockport Crash: Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder After Car Hits Pedestrians Outside Nightclub
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a car hit a group of pedestrians outside a club in Stockport on Sunday. A 30-year-old man died following the collision at about 10.45pm on Sunday outside The Salisbury Club on Truro Avenue, in Brinnington.Shortly before 10pm on Monday a 30-year-old man handed himself in at a Manchester police station, where he was arrested on suspicion of murder.
"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 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".
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.
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