Police are believed to have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, the Press Association says.

Officers are understood to be looking for more than one suspect for the targeted attack, which left the former Russian spy and his daughter fighting for their lives in hospital in March.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told PA: “Investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack through CCTV and have cross-checked this with records of people who entered the country around that time…They (the investigators) are sure they (the suspects) are Russian.”

The suspects are thought to have been identified by CCTV footage cross-checked against border entry information gathered from the UK’s airports.

The suspects have not been named and the Met Police have declined to comment on the reports.

Sergei Skripal, 44, has long been branded a traitor by Moscow, and it is believed that he was the target of an attack designed to send a message to other so-called ‘traitors’ and ‘dissidents’. Shortly after the incident, Russian state television warned its audience that “being a traitor is one of the most dangerous professions in the world” in a thinly veiled threat.

Earlier this month, Dawn Sturgess, 44, died and her partner, Charlie Rowley, 45, remains ill in hospital after being poisoned by Novichok after apparently coming into contact with a bottle containing the chemical, possibly disguised as perfume. Police believe the incidents are linked.

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