The peaceful Wiltshire town of Salisbury – not a very likely place for a Russian spy hit…..?
Two people are in a critical condition in hospital after being exposed to an “unknown substance”. The man and a woman were found unconscious on a bench at a shopping precinct in the Wiltshire market town of Salisbury on Sunday, Wiltshire Police said.
A number of city centre locations were cordoned off and Emergency department at Salisbury District Hospital – where the pair are being treated – was shut.
Public Health England (PHE) said there was no “wider risk”.
A major incident has been declared at the hospital.
Police said the man, aged in his 60s and a woman in her 30s [now reported to be his daughter], were discovered in the Maltings at about 16:15 GMT. Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden said:
“The pair, who we believe are known to each other, did not have any visible injuries and were taken to Salisbury District Hospital.
“They are currently being treated for suspected exposure to an unknown substance. Both are currently in a critical condition in intensive care.
“A major incident has been declared today and a multi-agency response has been co-ordinated.
=============== Thanks to the BBC for the report above =============
The man is believed to be former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, who passed information to MI6. Skripal, age 66, and a woman in her 30s are in a critical condition in intensive care at Salisbury District Hospital. It is not believed that either Mr Skripal or the woman had any “visible injuries”,
Mr Skripal, a former colonel within Russian military intelligence, was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2006. It was alleged that he disclosed the names of several dozen Russian agents working in Europe. He was later given refuge in the UK as part of a spy swap.
Admittedly, at this stage, people are putting 2+2 together largely because of past experience, for example when, in 2006, Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko died after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 at a London hotel. In 2016, a public inquiry concluded that his killing had “probably” been carried out with political approval at the highest level in Russia.
[Rob says] Salisbury is best known for it’s stunning Cathedral and for nearby Stonehenge, just ten minutes drive away. My comment would be that that if this was some kind of “execution”, we cannot permit foreign powers to commit this kind of act on British soil and the British Government should retaliate by hitting back hard in a way that hurts those who “managed” the perpetrators.
Reminds me of a BBC Drama people should watch – I will blog about that next…..
Would prefer to be friends with Russia…..
Lets Tour England !