Outside the hostel where the latest victims of poisoning were well known, the tourist city reveals its darker side

A short walk from Salisbury’s medieval cathedral and narrow lanes of boutique shops, a group of restless homeless people are gathering outside the city’s only remaining hostel in the searing heat of the sun.

Josh Harris has little more than his tracksuit bottoms and his beloved dog. Everything else he owns is inside the John Baker House hostel, which was suddenly evacuated on Thursday as authorities rushed to cordon off areas frequented by the couple at the centre of Salisbury’s latest nerve agent poisoning.

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