Relief that 'spire-loving suspected Novichok poisoners' didn't visit Chesterfield

Chesterfield's much-loved Crooked Spire.
Chesterfield's much-loved Crooked Spire.

Folk have expressed relief that two suspected poisoners from Russia did not visit Chesterfield to look at its historic Crooked Spire.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - who are accused of using Novichok chemicals to poison Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March - claimed they visited the Wiltshire town as tourists.

In a surprise interview with RT earlier this week, Mr Petrov said: "It's a tourist town. It's famous for its 123-metre spire.

"Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town."

Commenting on Twitter, Steve Mitton said: "Good job nobody has told the Russians about the spire in Chesterfield."

Mr G tweeted: "Right now the people of Chesterfield and its magnificent 230ft Crooked Spire are letting out THE largest sigh of relief."

Nicola Thwaite added: "Chesterfield has fingers crossed that they don’t decide to tick off the Crooked Spire on their next trip..."

Following the interview, a representative for prime minister Theresa May said: "The lies and blatant fabrications in this interview given to a Russian state-sponsored TV station are an insult to the public's intelligence."