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As ducks bob down the river, the bench where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found is cut up for removal

By Jay Elwes  

A policeman next to a cordon near to a bench in the Maltings in Salisbury. Photo: PA

Coffee Lab, on Blue Boar Street in Salisbury, is an artisanal coffee house much like you’d find in Bristol or Edinburgh or anywhere else. Large windows give onto the street. Outside, the 201 bus goes by, followed by a rubbish cart.

“We had the police in here,” says the woman behind the counter. They were in there for days making sure there was nothing dangerous about the place. “They’ve been like my…

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