The overall financial cost of the Salisbury nerve agent poisonings is now well over £150 million, according to research conducted by life sciences firm antibodies.com.
Hospital and ambulance service costs for the two incidents involving Sergei & Yulia Skripal, Dawn Sturgess, Charlie Rowley and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey are just the tip of the iceberg at an estimated £176,800. Total decontamination costs, which include the purchase of the homes, cars and possessions of Sergei Skripal and DS Bailey for £1m and the destruction of police vehicles for £347,000, have been estimated in the tens of millions by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after the first incident alone.
A further estimated £10 million has been spent on police officers from across the country, including 40 other forces in addition to Wiltshire Police.
However, the damage to Salisbury as a tourist destination and the loss of business to the local economy is estimated at a staggering £115.3 million, with some local companies having reported a 50% drop in revenues. Wiltshire Council spent over £3 million in an effort to help revive business and tourism after the first poisoning incident.
With both high-profile incidents having also necessitated much time from high-ranking government ministers & officials – including those from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory plus their dealings with investigators from The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) – UK taxpayers have indeed paid a heavy price.
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