Ex-police chief hints poison was in spy's home

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The pair are in a critical condition in a local hospital.

As U.K. police scramble to investigate the attempted murder of a former Russian colonel living in the U.K., details are beginning to emerge about the substance used to poison him and his daughter.

Dozens of khaki-clad troops trained in chemical warfare were deployed on the streets of the usually sleepy English city of Salisbury on Friday as part of the investigation into the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter.

On Thursday, the Home Secretary revealed a police officer who rushed to help is awake and talking in hospital.

Russian media have mocked suggestions that Moscow was involved in the Skripal attack - but also noted that those who betray Russia seem to come to a bad end.

The Metropolitan Police said the counter-terrorism unit has requested the military's assistance "to remove a number of vehicles and objects from the scene", including ambulances that may have been contaminated while assisting the victims.

Police said a total of 21 people had been treated in hospital following the incident, but only Skripal, his daughter, and Bailey remained hospitalized.

The Salisbury attack indicates the use of sophisticated chemistry in production of the nerve agent, suggesting the involvement of a state actor, experts said.

Last night Tory MP Sir Mike Penning, a former policing minister, said: "The bravery of officers like this needs to be recognised when this is all over".

The grave of Mr Skripal's wife Liudmila, who was buried in 2012, and the memorial stone of his son Alexander - who was cremated a year ago, were cordoned off at the London Road cemetery.

A Met spokesman said: 'The public should not be alarmed and the public health advice remains the same.

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Russian Federation 2018 have not commented on the incident involving Skripal and his daughter, and remain in talks with FIFA over an "ongoing risk assessment" of the tournament.

This latest theory surrounding Skripal's home address comes as the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, visited Salisbury's Maltings Shopping centre where Sergei and Yulia were found slumped and unconscious on Sunday (4th March).

Wiltshire Police temporary Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said the officer was in a "serious, but stable, condition" and had since regained consciousness.

"As both the Prime Minister and Home Secretary have said, if a state actor is found to be responsible, there will be an appropriate response".

Earlier this year, British government ministers announced they meant to target rich Russians in Britain who couldn't prove where their money came from, and they announced new asset-seizure powers known as unexplained wealth orders.

The attempted murder of Mr Skripal has drawn comparisons to the 2006 assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, who ingested the rare and highly radioactive Polonium 210 in London.

Foreign Minister said that Russian Federation is ready to assist Britain in investigating the case of Skripal poisoning.

Britain has sent specialist troops to the city where a Russian double agent and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent, defense officials said Friday.

Skripal has been living in Britain since 2010, when he was part of a prisoner exchange for 10 Russian spies arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "We will take any necessary actions, but we need to ensure the police have the space to carry out the investigation".

Boulegue said a particularly worrying aspect of the attack, if it was indeed ordered by the Kremlin, was that it meant the authorities were prioritising delivery of a stark warning message to turncoats over bilateral relations with Britain. Officers were guarding the area where he and his daughter were found, along with a pizza restaurant and a pub they had visited and the graves of Skripal's wife and son.

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