US News 'Day will come' when nerve agent suspects identified

06:05  06 june  2018
06:05  06 june  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Three months after the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal, a senior police officer has said the " day will come " when suspects are identified and the nerve agent attack in Salisbury is better understood.

Police ' identify suspects ' in Salisbury nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and daughter. The bombshell comes as authorities concluded the pair were targeted at their home by Kremlin-backed assassins who smeared deadly nerve poison novichok on Mr Skripal’s front door handle.

Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal © Rex Features Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal

Three months after the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal, a senior police officer has said the "day will come" when suspects are identified and the nerve agent attack in Salisbury is better understood.

Wiltshire chief constable Kier Pritchard told Sky News that counter-terrorism officers led by the Metropolitan Police are making progress in an investigation he described as "off the scale".

A hundred specialist officers are still working on the case and have scoured 4,000 hours of CCTV, seized 2,300 exhibits, conducted 176 different searches in Salisbury and taken 900 witness statements.

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Investigators have yet to identify any suspect in connection with the attack on the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter For now, police have only revealed that Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia are most likely to have fallen ill after coming into contact with a liquid form of the nerve agent

British investigators have reportedly identified suspects in the Sergei Skripal poisoning case. Authorities believe a deadly Russian-developed nerve agent was smeared on the ex-spy's door handle.

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No suspect or person of interest has yet been publicly identified.

Mr Pritchard told Sky News: "It doesn't surprise me just because of the sheer scale and enormity of this case - never before have we seen an attack of this nature."

“It requires hours and hours of time and dedication to try and pinpoint the circumstances.”

“I’m absolutely confident that that day will come but at the moment we need to give them the space.”

As chief constable of the local force, Mr Pritchard is not privy to the finer details of the investigation and couldn’t explain whether Mr Skripal and his daughter had been able to recall anything of the day or if they’d been able help investigators.

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British intelligence have identified key suspects in the Skripal case. It comes after dangerous levels of the potentially lethal nerve agent used to target the pair may still be present in 'hot When quizzed as to whether the chemical remains at the same 'lethal' dosage as the day it was put on Mr Skripal's

Police and intelligence agencies have identified key suspects in the attempted assassination of the day before they collapsed on March 4, giving the hit squad advance notice of when he would be Britain has blamed Russia for the nerve agent attack, pointing out the Kremlin had the motive and

Wiltshire chief constable Kier Pritchard told Sky News answers will come © Getty Wiltshire chief constable Kier Pritchard told Sky News answers will come The Skripals are still being held at a secret location in the UK following their discharge from Salisbury District Hospital.

The Metropolitan Police, who are leading the investigation, have refused to discuss the security arrangements around the pair in the interests of the Skripal’s own safety.

The Russian Embassy in London has continually questioned the British version of events and have said they fear the Skripals may be being held against their will.

President Vladimir Putin and other senior Russian figures have categorically denied any involvement in the attack after Prime Minister Theresa May said only the Russian state had the means and the motive to carry out the poisoning.

The forensic tent, covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found, is repositioned by officials in protective suits © Reuters The forensic tent, covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found, is repositioned by officials in protective suits The Wiltshire chief constable added that his officer DS Nick Bailey, who was exposed to the nerve agent at Sergei Skripal's home, was still off work recuperating with his family.

He said his officer had done exactly the right thing by going to the house to make further inquiries on the Sunday evening.

Responding to speculation that the detective may have known Sergei Skripal or had previously had contact with him, the chief constable told Sky News: “As I understand it Nick went to that address and I don’t believe he had had contact with Sergei and Yulia up to that point.”

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