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Shock as police reveal Novichok suspects’ passed through Gatwick

At 3pm on Friday, 2 March, the suspects arrived at Gatwick airport, having flown from Moscow on Aeroflot flight SU2588.

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It has been revealed today that the two suspects connected to the Salisbury attack arrived in the UK via Gatwick airport.

In a Statement by Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, National Lead for Counter Terrorism Policing, in relation to the Salisbury and Amesbury Investigation, he said:

“It is likely that they were travelling under aliases and that these are not their real names. We would like to hear from anyone who knows them. We are releasing these photographs of them, from the travel documents they used to enter the country.

“We’d also like to hear from anyone who saw them while they were in the UK between Friday, 2 March and Sunday, 4 March. We are particularly interested in establishing as much as possible about their movements during the period 2pm to 4.30pm on Saturday, 3 March, and 11.30am to 2pm on Sunday, 4 March.

“At 3pm on Friday, 2 March, the suspects arrived at Gatwick airport, having flown from Moscow on Aeroflot flight SU2588.

“From there it is believed that they travelled by train into London, arriving at Victoria station at approximately 5.40pm.

“They then travelled on London public transport to Waterloo station and were in the area between approximately 6pm and 7pm. They travelled to the City Stay Hotel in Bow Road, East London, where they stayed on Friday, 2 March, and Saturday, 3 March.”

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A spokesperson for Gatwick Airport said:

“Public Health England has confirmed that there are no health risks for passengers or airport workers at Gatwick related to the journey taken by the individuals involved in this incident.

This includes those passengers and staff who were at the airport on the day of the Aeroflot flight landing or in the subsequent period.

We are of course assisting the police as required.”

Crawley MP Henry Smith said on hearing the news:

“UK Government confirmation that the Novichok nerve agent used by Russian agents to try and murder former spy and his daughter, the Skripals, in Salisbury last March, entered the UK via Gatwick is very disturbing.

That fact that my constituents’ who work at the airport could potentially have been exposed to such a deadly agent demonstrates the reckless contempt Putin’s government in Moscow has for ordinary people.

I’m grateful for being informed by the Prime Minister and I’ll be seeking how Crawley Borough Council intend to follow matters up further as local authority responsible for port health in law.”

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury city centre at 4.15pm on Sunday, 4 March, after being poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent.

Both Sergei and Yulia spent weeks critically ill in hospital but are now making a good recovery.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, a Wiltshire police officer, was also seriously ill after being exposed to the nerve agent. He continues to make good progress but remains off work.

Tragically 44-year-old mother of three, Dawn Sturgess died in hospital on Saturday, 8 July. She fell ill on 30 June after being exposed to Novichok and she never regained consciousness. Her partner, 48-year-old Charlie Rowley, was also exposed to the nerve agent and became seriously ill later that day. He received treatment at Salisbury District Hospital over three weeks.

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Gatwick Airport further subsidises cut-price lateral flow and PCR tests for holiday-makers

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Gatwick Airport is supporting Britain’s return to travel by offering passengers significantly cheaper PCR tests, after announcing it would subsidise its on-site COVID-19 screening centres, operated by ExpressTest.

Two centres currently operate from Gatwick; a drive-in option located within the airport’s Perimeter Road South (RH6 0PQ) car park, and a walk-in centre situated within the North Terminal.

Gatwick had already subsidised ‘fit-to-fly’ on-site PCR tests since the drive-in centre opened in November last year, with the airport’s passengers and staff able to take a test for just £59.

But with the overall costs of PCR tests continuing to act as a barrier for travel for many families and the ongoing detrimental effect this is having on the aviation industry, Gatwick has decided to further reduce costs for passengers, by announcing further subsidised rates.

The following prices will be available exclusively for Gatwick passengers, via a designated discount code from Thursday 16 September 2021.   

Discount code: LGWBTT2

Lateral Flow Fit to Fly                         £2 Discount (£33 from £35)

Discount code: LGWBTT10

Green Arrivals Test                             £10 Discount (£59 from £69)

Amber Arrivals Test                            £10 Discount (£59 from £69)

PCR Test to Release Test                  £10 Discount (£59 from £69)

The PCR ‘Fit to Fly’ test will remain at the already subsidised price of £59.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport said: Gatwick Airport recognises that the cost of PCR tests is prohibitive and acts as barrier preventing larger numbers from booking international travel. We are therefore pleased to be able to offer passengers a more cost-effective solution, conveniently located at the airport, to help people get away on a much-needed holiday, to visit loved ones abroad or travel for business.”

Gatwick has repeatedly called on Government to loosen the existing restrictions and abolish the need for double vaccinated travellers to green and amber countries to be tested altogether – to help increase bookings and ultimately preserve jobs in and around the airport.

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