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Counter-Terror Police join probe into substance which left Russian Spy Sergei Skripal in a critical condition

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Counter-Terror Police have joined the investigation after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal aged 66 in a critical condition after being exposed to an unknown substance.

The unknown substance has left two people in a critical condition which include the former spy and another woman believed to linked to Skripal.

In 2006 Skripal who was a Russian national and became a spy for Russia double up as an agent for the UK, in 2006 he was jailed for 13-years in Russia for assisting the UK, He was later released in 2010 as part of a “spy swap” and granted refuse within the UK.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley confirmed he was now sending specialist counter-terror officers to support Wiltshire Police.

Wiltshire Police launched an investigation after a member of the public spotted Sergei Skripal and a 33-year-old woman unconscious on a bench outside of the Malting shopping centre, It is believed the woman looked dead while leaning on to the shoulder of Skripal who was apparently looking up towards the sky with a dazed look.

Mark Rowley said the press that “As you would expect, the specialist resources that sit within the counter-terrorism network that I coordinate across the country and other partners are working with Wiltshire Police to get to the bottom of that as quickly as possible,”

“At the moment the key is, though, to get to the bottom of what caused this.”

Skirpal and the unknown woman were rushed to Salisbury District hospital and are receiving specialist treatment within a denominated zone and large crime scenes are in place across Salisbury.

In Moscow the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has confirmed they are aware of the incident and call it a”tragic situation” However they have no further information relating to the incident.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden from Wiltshire Police said earlier: “The focus at this moment in time is trying to establish what has caused these people to become critically ill, and we are working with partners to prioritise this diagnosis and ensure that they receive the most appropriate and timely treatment.”



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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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