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'Very small amount of liquid form Novichok' used in Salisbury attack

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A "very small amount" of the Novichok nerve agent was used in the attack, with the substance delivered in a "liquid form", the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said.

The details emerged at a press briefing in Salisbury, where reporters were told the highest concentration was found at Mr Skripal's house.

Clean-up work is set to begin at nine sites across the city, as a tenth, an area of the London Road cemetery - which was found not to be contaminated - will reopen to the public on Tuesday.

"We either know there is contamination there (in the nine sites) or we think there is a probability we could find contamination there," Defra said.

Salisbury residents have been warned to expect a step-up in activity as investigators wearing protective clothes remove items and chemically clean the areas.

Police cordon off road in Gillingham following poisoning in Salisbury

Police have cordoned off a stretch of Hyde Road, in Gillingham, Dorset. Credit: PA

Police have cordoned off a stretch of Hyde Road, in Gillingham, Dorset, and Army personnel and vehicles were pictured entering the cordon on social media.

This follows an incident in Salisbury in which a former Russian spy and daughter where poisoned using a nerve agent.

An recovery vehicle could be seen inside the area.

The military is assisting police to remove a number of vehicles and items from areas of Dorset, following the incident in Salisbury.

The public should not be alarmed and the public health advice remains the same. The military has the expertise and capability to respond to a range of contingencies.

The Ministry of Defence regularly assists the emergency services and local authorities in the UK. Military assistance will continue as necessary during this investigation.

– Metropolitan Police spokesman


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