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Novichok poisoning attack house roof being demolished in UK

Press Trust of India  |  London 

British military teams have started to dismantle the roof of the home of former Russian as part of the decontamination efforts following the deadly attack on him and his daughter, a media report said Tuesday.

British detectives believe Skripal and his daughter first came into contact with Novichok, a military-grade poison, when it was sprayed on the door handle of their property, allegedly by Russian agents in March.

The clean-up at Christie Miller Road, Salisbury, has been taking place ever since they collapsed on March 5, the reported.

has warned neighbours of about four months of disruptions.

Contractors will cover the house and garage with a "sealed frame", according to a letter written by the council's of health,

A military team will then dismantle and remove the roofs.

Everything will be wrapped and sealed before being removed from the site.

"When that work is completed, contractors will move on site to build a replacement roof for the house and adjoining garage."

She said the risk to public health remains "low", adding: "The priority is to make sure that the two remaining sites affected by the 2018 incidents are thoroughly cleaned and returned to normal use as soon as possible."

Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter survived the attack which said had "almost certainly" been approved by the Russian state.

Wiltshire Detective Sergeant is also thought to have come into contact with the poison when he searched their home.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, fell ill in nearby Amesbury months after the incident and died in hospital in July after coming into contact with a perfume bottle believed to have been used in the attack on the Skripals and then discarded.

Her partner, Charlie Rowley, 45, was also exposed to the same but was treated and discharged.

Two Russian nationals have been accused of travelling to the UK to try to murder Skripal with Novichok.

The two suspects - known by their aliases and - were caught on CCTV in Salisbury the day before the attack.

has denied any role in the attack in the UK, an incident that has soured London's ties with and other western nations.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 21:15 IST