Yulia Skripal

Yulia Skripal, the poisoned daughter of Russian ex-spy Sergei, has been discharged from hospital.

The 33-year-old left Salisbury District Hospital on Monday night and has been taken to a secure location.

The hospital said: “This is not the end of her treatment but marks a significant milestone.”

Her 66-year-old father remains in hospital and is “recovering more slowly than Yulia”. Doctors hope he will be discharged “in due course”.

The pair were taken to hospital on 4 March after being exposed to the toxic nerve agent Novichok.

The father and daughter were found slumped on a park bench in the centre of Salisbury.

Wiltshire Police Det Sgt Nick Bailey, who attended the scene, was also treated in hospital after being exposed to the nerve agent, but has since been discharged.

A statement from Ms Skripal released through the Metropolitan Police last week said her “strength is growing daily”.

Mr Skripal remains at Salisbury District Hospital but is no longer in a critical condition.

Medical director Dr Christine Blanshard said he has made “good progress”, adding: “Although he’s recovering more slowly than Yulia we hope he too will be able to leave hospital in due course.”

The UK government says Russia was behind the poisoning, and Prime Minister Theresa May said Moscow was “culpable” for attack.

But the Russian government denied any involvement and has accused the British of inventing a “fake story”.

Police said the pair first came into contact with the nerve agent at their home.

-BBC