A footpath feared poisoned by the Novichok attack on spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter has just been re-opened.

For years, scores of locals used the footpath to get to their homes in Salisbury. But Wiltshire Council closed it more than 14 months ago 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. That started a massive clear up operation to make Christie Miller Road safe again. A temporary car park is also to be removed.

Yesterday, Wiltshire Council said:“The essential work at Christie Miller Road is now complete, and as a result, the footpath at the rear of the property has been reopened and the temporary car park is being removed.”

However work is still continuing on the house where Mr Skripal lived.

“Internal refurbishment of the property is due to be completed in the summer,” the council added.

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