Sergei Skripal: The ‘spy with the Louis Vuitton bag’ allegedly poisoned during quiet retirement in Salisbury 

After arriving in Britain eight years ago as part of an extraordinary ‘spy swap’, former Russian intelligence agent, Sergei Skripal had been leading a life of quiet anonymity in the Wiltshire city of Salisbury.

Grateful to have been pardoned by the Russian authorities for his decades of espionage, the 66-year-old was enjoying an unexpectedly peaceful retirement.

Neighbour James Puttock, 47, said Mr Skripal had invited the whole road to a housewarming party when he first moved to the Salisbury area.

He said: "He didn’t look like a spy. He never really looked smart, he looked very casual, he stood out because of that, it’s hard to remember anything special about him."

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But all that came to an abrupt…

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