Posted on Jun 5, 2018
PCC Angus Macpherson described the police operation as a “massive effort” which involved 40 other UK forces. He said Wiltshire Police “came to the fore” with more than 140 officers on duty at the height of the operation. Revealing the financial costing, Mr Macpherson said the figure could still rise. He described it as a “national operation which must be paid for nationally”. “I don’t want anyone to forget the undertaking of policing minister Nick Hurd when he said [the government] would meet the costs,” he said. The Maltings shopping area where the Skripals were found unconscious was closed to allow extensive decontamination work to be carried out and reopened on 26 May. A Defra spokesman said security guards have started to replace the police officers deployed at some of the cordoned-off sites around Salisbury where clean-up work is taking place. Some £250,000 has been given to businesses in the city affected by the aftermath, some of which saw revenues drop by 80%.