New footage of Sergei Skripal’s BMW has emerged showing him driving towards the centre of Salisbury on the day the double agent was poisoned.
CCTV footage taken from the Devizes Inn pub in the city captures a man extremely likely to be Skripal seemingly driving to the supermarket which has now been cordoned off by counter-terror police.
His daughter Yulia, who with her father is fighting for her life after being exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok, is thought to have been in the car with him at the time, although she is not seen on the footage.
The car was last night thrust into the centre of the investigation into the poisoning amid claims by Whitehall sources the lethal substance was smeared on the vehicle’s door handle.
This new footage could potentially be showing Skripal driving his daughter in the supposedly contaminated car into the heart of the small city which has become the talk of the world.
A man – likely to be Sergei Skripal – is seen driving his BMW down Devizes Road in Salisbury with his right hand on the steering wheel
The BMW is driven towards the city centre of Salisbury. The CCTV footage was taken from the Devizes Inn pub on Devizes Road
It is not known where Skripal had come from, but the BMW is travelling on the road drivers would take to get from his home in Christie Miller Road to Sainsbury’s, where he was seen at 1.40pm
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia (pictured in Zizzi in 2016) left a trail of nerve agent in the restaurant after their poisoning
Skripal’s face isn’t picked up by CCTV, but a man can be seen wearing what appears to be a light-coloured jacket over a white shirt.
Counter-terrorism police said there was a missing 40 minutes in the whereabouts of the former spy and his daughter Yulia in the car, registration number HD09 WAO.
They appealed for witnesses who may have seen the pair in the BMW 3-Series before they arrived at a Sainsbury’s car park in Salisbury at around 1.40pm on Sunday, March 4.
It is not known what they did, or if they met anyone, during this time.
The CCTV was seized today, and at least offers a small insight into the pair’s movements.
Officers have had the painstaking task of trawling through hours of security footage for a glimpse of the BMW.
The clip from the Devizes Inn shows the car travelling along the A360 Devizes Road towards the city centre where Sainsbury’s is situated.
What is thought to be Skripal’s right hand can be seen on the steering wheel as he drives past the pub just second after a double-decker bus.
A man can be seen lighting a cigarette in the doorway as the BMW passes, and a young man is picked up walking in the opposite direction carrying a bottle of cola.
Eleven seconds later, a red Ford Fiesta is seen passing the pub travelling in the same direction as Skripal.
Three other vehicles travel the other way, which would’ve passed Skripal, including a ‘Street Soccer’ van.
It has been confirmed the CCTV was timed at 1.35pm, and the Sainsbury’s car park is just over half a mile from the pub, which is equidistant from the supermarket and Skripal’s home.
The A360 Devizes Road is also the route drivers would take if they were travelling from Skripal’s home in Christie Miller Road.
It is not yet known when the pair were poisoned.
This is now thought to be the only known whereabouts of Sergei Skripal between 1pm and 1.40pm on the day he was poisoned
Whitehall sources believe the car was smeared with the nerve agent, meaning the CCTV could be showing Yulia and Sergei Skripal having already been contaminated.
Alternatively, it shows them unknowingly driving to their attackers.
The exact details of the movements of Sergei and his daughter are still being determined, but after visiting Sainsbury’s, they went to The Mill pub in The Maltings.
At 2.20pm, they arrived at Italian restaurant Zizzi where they dined before leaving at 3.35pm.
Between the restaurant and a park bench where they were found, there was a possible CCTV sighting on Market Walk at 3.47pm.
Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said they remained in a critical condition in hospital, days after they were found slumped on the bench in the Wiltshire city.