How nerve agent attack on ex-Russian spy unfolded in Salisbury

7 March 2018, 22:11

An ex-Russian spy and his daughter were spotted at several locations in Salisbury before they were found unconscious after a nerve agent attack.

Hundreds of police officers are working on the case, examining thousands of hours of CCTV footage, and they are expected to remain in the Wiltshire city for several days.

We trace the footsteps of former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia before they were found slumped on a bench on Sunday afternoon.

:: 2.30pm

Mr Skripal and Yulia are reportedly seen at a Zizzi restaurant in Castle Street.

:: 3.47pm

CCTV footage from a camera at Snap Fitness 24/7 gym shows a man and a woman, believed to be Mr Skripal and his daughter, walking through an alleyway.

The alleyway connects the branch of Zizzi and a bench where the pair are later found.

Gym manager Cain Prince said: "Police had a good look at the footage and were interested in these two people.

"It was the only image they took away. They wanted a list of everyone in the gym between 3pm and 4pm as well."

:: 4.15pm

Police are called by a concerned member of the public after Mr Skripal and his daughter are found slumped on a bench near The Maltings shopping centre.

Officers arrive at the scene, including one who is now in a coma in intensive care after being exposed to the nerve agent.

Zizzi and a nearby pub, the Bishop's Mill, are later cordoned off by police.

Days before the poisoning, CCTV captured Mr Skripal buying scratchcards, milk and bacon at a shop in Salisbury.

The Metropolitan Police, which is leading the investigation, has appealed for people who visited Salisbury town centre or the surrounding areas on Sunday afternoon to contact them.

Detectives are particularly keen to speak to anyone who visited Zizzi or The Bishop's Mill between 1pm and 4pm.

They have also asked members of the public with any relevant video footage or photos to come forward.