Homes, cars and possessions belonging to Sergei Skripal and the police officer poisoned in the Salisbury nerve agent attack will be bought by taxpayers in a £1 million deal, it has been reported.
The former Russian spy’s house, which is still the scene of an ongoing investigation, will be bought by the Government for about £350,000, according to the Sunday Times.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it would be inappropriate to comment on the personal matters of anyone involved in the attack.
“Mr Skripal’s home is still the scene of an ongoing police investigation and has not yet been released for clean-up work,” a spokesman added.
Wiltshire Police told the paper it was a “personal matter”.
A huge police probe and a large-scale clean-up operation were launched in the wake of the attack, which saw Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, found unconscious on a bench.
The pair, along with DS Bailey, have since been discharged.