Posted on February 18, 2019
Workmen were spotted removing the flag on Sunday morning after it was reportedly hung overnight. The stunt was branded as a “slap in the face” by local councillor Jo Broom after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned with the nerve agent ‘Novichok’ in March last year. Forty-four-year-old Dawn Sturgess died after she came into contact with a perfume container used to carry the Novichok in June.
A police inquiry identified two agents from the Russian secret service, the GRU, as suspects in relation to the attack. The two suspects, known by their aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, were pictured on CCTV in Salisbury the day before the attack. The pair deny being behind the attack, claiming they were in the city to visit the cathedral.