Taxpayers to buy contaminated homes of Salisbury nerve attack victims

Homes, cars and possessions belonging to Sergei Skripal and the police officer poisoned in Salisbury nerve agent attack ‘are to be bought by taxpayers in £1million deal’

  • Government will buy the homes belonging to Sergei Skripal and DS Nick Bailey
  • Skripal’s Salisbury home, still being investigated, will be bought for £350,000
  • Police will pay £430,000 to DS Bailey who was exposed to nerve agent Novichok
  • A large-scale clean-up operation was launched in the wake of the March attack

UK taxpayers will pay £1 million for the homes, cars and possessions belonging to Sergei Skripal and the police officer poisoned in the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

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

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.

Sergei Skripal’s house in Salisbury will be purchased by the Government for about £350,000

The Russian spy’s home on Christie Miller Road is still being investigated by authorities 

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DS Nick Bailey will get £430,000 after becoming ill being exposed to nerve agent Novichok

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’.

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.

Surgei Skripal and daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury in March

Chemical investigators search the background of Skripal’s home in Salisbury after the attack

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