The Maltings, the city’s main shopping area, has only just reopened after three months

Without much fuss or fanfare, but, happily, plenty of shoppers, Salisbury quietly reopened its central shopping centre on Saturday, almost three months after it became the site of an international incident.

The Maltings, which connects the coach park to the city centre, has been off-limits to the public and shielded by safety cordons and tents since the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on one of its park benches after being poisoned. Market traders were moved behind the shopping precinct by Wiltshire county council while the decontamination operation was under way. High street staples including Superdrug, Greggs and Robert Dyas were simply forced to close until further notice.

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