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Russian spy attack: UK police identify over 240 witnesses

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The have identified more than 240 people as witnesses to the poisoning of former Russian sky and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury, according to

Speaking after a meeting of the government's emergency committee, Cobra, on Saturday said the government was using enormous resources to try and identify those responsible for the attempted murder, reports the

"I want to stress that they are proceeding with speed and professionalism," she said.

The committee heard that 250 counter-terrorism police have identified more than 240 witnesses and were looking at more than 200 pieces of evidence.

said both Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, who are being treated at District Hospital, remain in a "critical but stable condition" after being exposed to a nerve agent on March 4.

"This investigation is focused on making sure that we keep people safe and also that we collect all the evidence so that when it comes to attribution (of the attack) we will be absolutely clear where it should be.

"The police have said that if anybody thinks they have any additional information they would welcome them coming forward.

"There is also substantial amounts of CCTV they have to go through. This is a painstaking, detailed investigation and the police need to be given the space and time to get on with it," the quoted as saying.

Skripal was convicted by the of passing secrets to agency, the MI6, but given refuge in the UK in 2010 as part of a "swap".

has denied any involvement.

Also on Saturday, the police were active at where Skripal's wife and their son are buried.

The cemetery was cordoned off on Friday, but police confirmed officers were not exhuming a body.



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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 08:58 IST