The home of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is finally safe again almost 18 months after the letterbox was smeared with Novichok in the poisoning incident in Salisbury in March, 2018.

Wiltshire Council said the massive clear-up operation had just finished after the nerve agent attack.

Now Mr Skripal has to decide at his secret hideaway if he wants to sell his house in Christie Miller Road.

”The owner (Sergei Skripal) is now aware the work has just been completed,” the council added.

The house is unguarded but a council spokesman said it was awaiting instructions from the government on whether Mr Skripal wanted the council to buy it.

Essential work at Christie Miller Road had been completed and the property is currently vacant and waiting internal refurbishment. It was emphasised it would forbid the house becoming a tourist attraction like a museum.

“We are talking with central government. Essentially we are prepared to purchase the house if (the owner) decided to sell it. We are committed to ensuring the property is not used to trade on its history and we are prepared to purchase it.”

A footpath feared poisoned by the Novichok attack was re-opened in the summer.

Some months after the incident, Wiltshire Council closed a vital footpath connecting the city centre with the large Harnham community after the incident which left Sergei, 67, and his daughter Yulia, 34, fighting for their lives.

It was feared the alleged hit men had used the footpath and may have left traces of the deadly nerve agent on it.

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