A Mercedes with Romanian number plates was seen near former spy Sergei Skripal’s home several times in the week before he was poisoned with a nerve agent, it has emerged.
According to witnesses, one of the four occupants of the dark-coloured car was a woman, dailymail.co.uk reports.
Police hunting the would-be assassins who poisoned Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March have been scouring CCTV footage from a Shell garage in Salisbury where the Mercedes was seen.
As it emerged the huge investigation – codenamed Operation Fairline – has already cost £7.5 million, the detective leading the hunt faced questions about the sightings at a public meeting.
A woman told the meeting that the Mercedes was seen ‘four times in one week prior to the week it [the Skripals attack] happened’.
‘An Eastern European car, travelling with four people, at that time, on several occasions, close to where the Skripals live, is surely relevant,’ the quoted source reads.
Police believe the Novichok nerve agent was smeared on the door handle of Mr Skripal’s home over the weekend of March 3 and 4. Mr Skripal, 66, and Yulia, 33, are recovering at a secret location.
The meeting was held in Amesbury where Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, were struck down last month after finding and opening a branded, sealed perfume bottle containing Novichok.
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