The nerve agent which poisoned a former Russia spy was planted in his daughter’s suitcase before she left Moscow, it was sensationally claimed last night.
Intelligence agencies now believe it the most plausible explanation for the attack on Sergei Skripal, 66, the Telegraph reports.
The double agent’s daughter Yulia, 33, came to visit the week before the pair were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury.
According to the Telegraph, senior sources are “convinced” the Novichok nerve agent was placed in her luggage via clothing, cosmetics or a gift and was opened in Britain.
It makes the job of pinpointing who was behind the attack even more difficult, as the hit squad would not even had had to enter the country.
Sergei and Yulia remain critically ill in hospital.
It comes after the nerve agent alert spread to a military base last night – sparking fears contamination could be worse than thought.
Emergency crews in chemical protection suits today sealed off a road in Larkhill, Wilts, and removed a grey family saloon from outside houses belonging to senior army officers.
Sources said it may have been parked close to Sergei Skripal ’s BMW in a Sainsbury’s car park on the day of the poisoning.
Garrison town Larkhill is the country’s principal training establishment for artillery warfare.
Sources said the car removed from there was owned by a civilian not a serving soldier.
One resident said: “My best guess is it was parked near the spy’s car.”