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Public toilet in Salisbury 'may have been used by Russian agents to prepare deadly Novichok'

Mirror logo Mirror 5/08/2018 Tom Davidson

a person standing in front of a building: Forensic police officers have sealed off the toilets © Getty Images Europe Forensic police officers have sealed off the toilets A public toilet may be where Russian agents mixed deadly Novichok used to try and assassinate ex-spy Sergei Skripal , according to reports. 

It is thought Met Police counter terror cops are investigating the likelihood that the assassins smuggled the components to the nerve agent into the country then mixed it in a public toilet in Salisbury. 

a house that has a sign on the side of a building © Credits: AFP Dawn Sturgess, 44, died on July 8 after she was given a sealed box containing a Novichok-filled perfume bottle.

Boyfriend Charlie Rowley, 45, found it in the park on June 29 and gave it to her as a gift.

Forensic teams have discovered low-level contamination in toilets in the city's Queen Elizabeth Gardens.

A source told The Sun : “Novichok is a liquid agent made of two components. 

“The toilets in Queen Elizabeth Gardens are a key location where it could have been mixed, prepared or dumped.

a close up of a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera © Credits: PA “It’s chilling and definitely a line of inquiry.”

Ex-spy Sergei, 67, and daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, fell critically ill on March 3 after they touched Novichok that had been smeared on their front door handle.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Credits: Getty Both managed to survive. Sergei has not been seen in public since the assassination attempt - which Russia has strenuously denied any involvement in.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told the paper said: “The investigation is ongoing. We are not prepared to discuss any lines of inquiry.”

Last month Ms Sturgess was laid to rest.

a group of people holding wine glasses © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Mr Rowley attended the service which began with the James Blunt song 'Beautiful Dawn'.

He has said the nerve agent took just 15 minutes to poison Ms Sturgess after she sprayed the "oily" substance on to her wrists believing it was perfume he had given her as a gift.

a group of people standing in a garden © Credits: PA Before the funeral, Reverend Philip Bromiley, who was leading the service, said the funeral directors had been working with Public Health England (PHE) and the crematorium to put measures in place to make sure everything was as safe as possible.

The advice from Public Health England remains that the risk to the public in Wiltshire is low.

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