Posted on September 3, 2018
A number of vehicles which were used in the response to the Salisbury Novichok poisoning have been buried at landfill. Defra said the “potentially contaminated items” were taken to a site at Bishop’s Cleeve near Cheltenham before “being disposed of safely”. A spokesman said the secure burial of the vehicles posed “absolutely no risk” to the public. Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were poisoned with the nerve agent in March. Then, on 30 June, Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley fell ill at a house in Amesbury, about eight miles from Salisbury. Police said they were exposed after handling a contaminated container – which is now believed to have been a perfume bottle. Ms Sturgess died in hospital on 9 July. Mr Rowley was discharged from hospital on 20 July.