Global & Disaster Medicine

The highest concentration of the agent used against Sergei and Yulia Skripal was found on their front door.



  • The pair were found collapsed on a bench in Salisbury on 4 March.
  • They remain in a critical condition.
  • Traces of Novichuk had been found at other sites in the city, but they were at lower concentrations.
  • About 250 counter terrorism officers continue to work on the case
  • 5,000 hours of CCTV footage and 1,350 items have been seized and examined.
  • Timeline of events
  • 3 March:  Yulia Skripal flew into London’s Heathrow Airport on a flight from Russia at about 14:40 GMT
  • 4 March, 09:15 GMT:  Mr Skripal’s car was seen in Salisbury in the area of London Road, Churchill Way North and Wilton Road
  • 4 March, 13:30 GMT:  His car was seen driving down Devizes Road, towards the town centre
  • 4 March, 13:40 GMT:  Mr Skripal and his daughter arrived at the Sainsbury’s upper level car park at the Maltings shopping precinct.
  • 4 March, between 41:20 GMT and 15:35 GMT:  Police said the pair went to The Mill pub before going to Zizzi restaurant
  • 4 March, 16:15 GMT:  Emergency services received the first report of an incident
  • 4 March:  Police found the pair on a bench outside Zizzi in an “extremely serious condition”
  • 4 March:  Det Sgt Nick Bailey fell ill after attending the incident – – was treated in hospital but discharged on 22 March
  • 48 people were assessed in hospital in relation to the incident
  • Only Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain in hospital
  • Investigators have identified 131 people who have potentially been in contact with the nerve agent.
  • None has shown symptoms


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