Salisbury poison homes ‘to be bought by taxpayer in £1m deal’

File photo dated 06/03/18 of Police Community Support Officers standing outside the Salisbury home of Sergei Skripal. The nerve agent used to attack the former Russian double agent and his daughter was delivered in a “liquid form”, the Department for Envi Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Homes, cars and possessions belonging to Sergei Skripal and the police officer poisoned in the Salisbury nerve agent attack will be bought by taxpayers in a £1 million deal, it has been reported.

The former Russian spy’s house, which is still the scene of an ongoing investigation, will be bought by the Government for about £350,000, according to the Sunday Times.

Military personnel wearing protective gear investigated the scenes involved Credit: PA

Wiltshire Police will pay Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who fell ill after being exposed to military nerve agent Novichok while investigating the March 4 attack, around £430,000, the paper added.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it would be inappropriate to comment on the personal matters of anyone involved in the attack.

“Mr Skripal’s home is still the scene of an ongoing police investigation and has not yet been released for clean-up work,” a spokesman added.

Wiltshire Police told the paper it was a “personal matter”.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey fell ill after tending to the Skripals Credit: Wiltshire Police/PA

Earlier this month it was revealed the force’s response will cost £7.5 million, and the area’s police and crime commissioner Angus Macpherson has asked the Home Office to cover the bill.

A huge police probe and a large-scale clean-up operation were launched in the wake of the attack, which saw Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, found unconscious on a bench.

The pair, along with DS Bailey, have since been discharged.