Skripals Shopped For Hours After Touching Novichok Nerve Agent Police Say Was Left On Their Door

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Mar. 28, 2018

According to British police, the Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were likely poisoned by a "gloopy substance" containing the nerve agent "novichok" which was smeared on their front door handle.

From the BBC:
A Russian ex-spy and his daughter first came into contact with the nerve agent that poisoned them at their home, police have said.

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 and remain in a critical condition.

Police said inquiries would focus on their home address in Christie Miller Road but the risk to locals was low.

Traces of the nerve agent had been found at some of the other sites in the city, but they were at lower concentrations.

Security correspondent Gordon Corera said the highest concentration was found on the Skripals' door handle, and could have been administered through a "gloopy substance which could have been smeared on to that door handle".

He added it would explain why the nerve agent may have been found on the Skripals' car - which has been taken by police - or the restaurant in which they had eaten which has been cordoned off by detectives.
That means it took at least three hours before it had any effect.

Here's the timeline the BBC released earlier:
On 4 March, at about 09:15 GMT, Mr Skripal's car was seen in Salisbury in the area of London Road, Churchill Way North and Wilton Road

At 13:30 GMT his car was seen driving down Devizes Road, towards the town centre

Mr Skripal and his daughter arrived at the Sainsbury's upper level car park at the Maltings shopping precinct at 13:40 GMT

Police said the pair went to The Mill pub before going to Zizzi restaurant at 14:20 GMT, staying until 15:35 GMT

At 16:15 GMT emergency services received the first report of an incident

Police found the pair on a bench outside Zizzi in an "extremely serious condition"
They went shopping for hours after touching a deadly nerve agent? Seems odd, does it not?


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