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Salisbury spy mystery: Troops deployed to help police

Activity to move an ambulance at Harnham ambulance station Photo: ITV Meridian

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the poisoning of the former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, with a dangerous nerve agent in Salisbury has been continuing this weekend.

Around 180 members of the armed forces have been drafted in to help clear and move vehicles and objects in the city. Much of the activity centred around an ambulance station in the Harnham area, where an ambulance was winched onto the back of an Army low loader truck and taken away.

There was also forensic activity at the London Road cemetery in Salisbury where Sergei Skripal's wife and son are buried.

The London Road cemetery in Salisbury is cordoned off

Salisbury Police have said that the London Road cemetery will be shut to the public on Sunday. They have apologised to families who would want to visit the graveyard on Mothering Sunday.

Salisbury Police statement about the London Road Cemetery Credit: Facebook

Meanwhile the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, attended a meeting of the Government's top security COBRA emergency committee in London to discuss progress on the investigation.

"I want to stress that they are proceeding with speed and professionalism. We are putting in enormous resources to ensure that they have all the support that they need to do that."

"This investigation is focused on making sure that we keep people safe and also that we collect all the evidence so that when it comes to attribution (of the attack) we will be absolutely clear where it should be.

"The police have said that if anybody thinks they have any additional information they would welcome them coming forward.

"There is also substantial amounts of CCTV they have to go through. This is a painstaking, detailed investigation and the police need to be given the space and time to get on with it."

– Amber Rudd MP, Home Secretary

Richard Slee sent this report on the day's events in Salisbury. One of the people he spoke to about the impact of the incident on the city was hairdresser Molly Cook.

Yulia Skripal and her father, Sergei, remain in hospital in a critical condition.

Yulia Skripal and her father, Sergei

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, the police officer who was hospitalised after responding to the incident issued a statement though Wiltshire Police.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey is being looked after in hospital

"Nick would like us to say on his behalf that he and his family are hugely grateful for all the messages of support from the public, and colleagues from the police family. People have been so kind and he has expressed that he will never forget that kindness.

"He also wishes to say that he was part of a group of officers and other emergency service colleagues who dealt with the initial incident.

"He wants to say that he does not consider himself a 'hero', he states he was merely doing his job - a job he loves and is immensely proud of - just like all of his other dedicated colleagues do, day in day out, in order to protect the public and keep people safe.

"He would like to thank everyone once again for all of their kind thoughts and best wishes, they are truly appreciated.

– Statement from Det Sgt Nick Bailey via Wiltshire Police