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Can Salisbury ever recover from nerve agents and a poisoned Russian spy?

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Salisbury Cathedral, UK
Salisbury Cathedral, UK Barry Deakin/CC/Wikimedia

Although several cities have seen sharp falls in tourism following deadly terrorist attacks, the sleepy English city of Salisbury is attempting to repair its reputation for another reason.


On 4 March, Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found collapsed on a park bench after being poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok.

The intrigue may have bought the world's media to the historic city but safety concerns forced many local and foreign visitors to give Salisbury a wide berth.

But with an economy heavily reliant on tourism, residents and business owners are desperately hoping they can soon return to some semblance of normality, as Nik Martin found out on a recent visit.

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