Roof of Salisbury Spy Scandal home to be removed, rebuilt

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Photograph: Ben Mitchell/PA

Above in photo released at the time of the Salisbury Spy Scandal, police officers, lacking any protective gear whatsoever (!) stand hideously exposed to the novichok-soaked door handle just a few feet away!

Thankfully there were no known reports of illness after this potentially deadly exposure.

All the more remarkable when one considers the fact that DS Nick Bailey visited this location shortly after the Skripal father and daughter were found stricken on the park bench, and presumably prior to the arrival of these officers.

Bailey was to become deadly ill within a few hours after touching the novichok-soaked door handle.  

Also in this picture, the roof covering the main house and the garage. Both will be removed and then rebuilt. Not the house, mind, but the roof.

And the door, one presumes. Or at least the novichok-soaked handle. JP

08 Jan 2019 | Wires | The Guardian

The home of a former Russian spy is to be dismantled, with the roof completely removed by military teams in the wake of the novichok attack as decontamination work continues.

Wiltshire council has written to neighbours of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, warning them about the disruption that the deep clean and construction work – expected to take up to four months – will cause.

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

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

The next, more extensive phase of the operation was due to begin on 7 January, according to a letter seen by the Press Association.

Dated 4 January 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, Daszkiewicz said.

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.”

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.”

Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter survived the attack, which Theresa May said had “almost certainly” been approved by the Russian state.

DS Nick Bailey, of Wiltshire police, 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.

Two Russian nationals have been accused of travelling to the UK to try to murder Sergei 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 Sturgess handled – is thought to have contained the substance.

Original Link: Sergei Skripal’s house to be dismantled after novichok attack

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