THE investigation into the poisoning of a former Russian spy has spread to Dorset.

The army is reported to have been called to remove a breakdown truck in Gillingham that was used to move the car of former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

A section of Hyde Road was closed by Dorset Police and the Metropolitan Police are also understood to be present in the North Dorset town.

Dorset Police said there was no risk to the public and no homes were evacuated.

It is believed that the recovery truck in question was used to move Mr Skripal’s red BMW, which was left at Sainsbury’s car park in Salisbury on the day of the attack.

A notice pinned to a lamppost in Hyde Road reads: "Dorset Police will be closing this road and associated parking areas from 0900hrs on Wednesday, March 14, and a full police cordon will be put in place.

"Any vehicles left in this area after that time cannot be accessed and may be removed by the Police.

"Please move your vehicle out of the area of Hyde Road between Coronation Road and Waverland Terrace in advance of this time.

"Thank you for your cooperation.

"Please contact Dorset Police on 101 quoting 113:179 if you require any further information."