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Pub re-opens following Novichok poisoning

The Bishop Mill is reopened by the mayor of the city. Photo:

A pub in Salisbury, which became the centre of the nerve agent investigation over a year ago, has reopened on Friday, signalling the town's return to normality.

The Bishop Mill on Bridge Street was of the place where former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, visited when they were found poisoned with Novichok on a nearby bench.

The Government's Defra department carried out decontamination work at the venue and was declared safe back in August.

It had been hoped The Bishop Mill would welcome customers back before Christmas but was delayed after the owners, Greene King, decided to carry out a major refurbishment on the Grade II listed building which required consent from Wiltshire County Council.

It’s brilliant to be back open again and I can’t wait to welcome everyone in Salisbury back through the doors.

This has been a tough time for our city and it was great to show our appreciation last night for some of the people who have been directly impacted by events of the past year.

It’s amazing to see the new-look pub after its investment and the transformation and we’re now looking forward to putting a great venue back at the heart of Salisbury.

This has been a tough time for everyone involved and we hope our improvements help give the pub, the city and the wider community a welcome boost for the months and years ahead.

– Emma Dodge, General Manager at The Bishop Mill

The Mayor of Salisbury, Cllr Mike Osment, said he's sure locals will be looking forward to visiting the pub...

Cllr Mike Osment, Mayor of Salisbury