Top – Russian flag flown on Salisbury Cathedral ‘disrespectful’

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Russian flag on Salisbury Cathedral

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Lee Martin

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The flag was fixed to scaffolding on the facet of Salisbury Cathedral

A Russian flag has appeared briefly on scaffolding outdoors Salisbury Cathedral.

It was noticed by staff early on Sunday however has since been eliminated.

John Glen, town’s MP, known as it a “silly stunt” in gentle of final yr’s Novichok assault.

The poisoning targets had been former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia who collapsed within the metropolis. A girl in close by Amesbury who was additionally uncovered to it later died.

Lee Martin mentioned he seen the flag, measuring “about 10m lengthy and 7m deep” early on Sunday whereas he was working within the space.

“It is disrespectful and it is antagonising the neighborhood after the Novichok assault final yr, and with the anniversary that is arising on 4th March,” he continued.

Calling it “pathetic”, he added: “It is not proper that anyone ought to come and do this.”

In a tweet MP John Glen mentioned he was “grateful” the flag had been taken down swiftly.

“What a silly stunt – mocking the intense occasions sadly skilled in Salisbury final yr,” he mentioned.

Wiltshire Police mentioned in relation to the flag it was too early to say whether or not an offence had been dedicated however officers had been analyzing CCTV footage from the world.

In June 2018, Daybreak Sturgess and Charlie Rowley fell sick after they had been uncovered to the nerve agent by dealing with a contaminated container within the metropolis’s gardens.

Ms Sturgess died on eight July.

The UK authorities mentioned two officers working for Russia’s army intelligence service – recognized as Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin – carried out the Salisbury assault towards Mr Skripal and his daughter.

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