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01/09/2018 12:07 BST

Salisbury Novichok 999 Vehicles Buried In Hazardous Waste Landfill

The burials pose 'absolutely no risk to the public'.

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Some emergency service vehicles used in the response to Novichok poisonings in Wiltshire have been buried in a landfill site.

The secure burials would pose “absolutely no risk to the public”, a spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.

Defra did not disclose the number of vehicles nor the emergency services they were used by, but confirmed that some had been sealed in a hazardous waste landfill site near Bishops Cleeve in Gloucestershire.

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A police car being taken away by military personnel

The UK Government has blamed Russia for the nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March.

In July, Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after becoming an indirect casualty of the poisoning, with authorities believing she and boyfriend Charlie Rowley picked up a discarded vial containing the substance.

A Defra spokesman said: “The clean-up work in south Wiltshire has been under way for some time and any potentially contaminated items continue to be removed and stored securely before being disposed of safely.

“As part of this work, following review by specialist teams, some of the vehicles involved in the response to the incident in March have been moved to a hazardous waste landfill site.

“There is absolutely no risk to the public of using hazardous waste landfill sites.

“These locations are fully sealed and highly regulated to ensure waste is disposed of safely.

“This is controlled by regulation, overseen by the Environment Agency, which specifically ensures that sites are not prone to flooding or other hazards.

“Our number one priority is making sure that the identified sites are safe, so they can be returned to use and Wiltshire can get back to normal.”

The Novichok attacks caused an international diplomatic incident, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid accusing the Russian state of using Britain as a “dumping ground for poison”.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has previously said that linking Russia to the poisoning would be “absurd”.