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SALISBURY, England – For Amber McAuley, life in Salisbury — known as the gateway to Stonehenge — has become surreal ever since the town became the scene of a spy drama worthy of John le Carre.
The 20-year-old student became a bit player in the story when she visited the Mill pub on March 4, only to learn the next day that a former Russian spy and his daughter might have been poisoned there a few hours earlier.
Prime Minister Theresa May has applauded the "fortitude and calmness" of the town's residents as she said Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were targeted with a military-grade nerve agent developed by Russia.
But while McAuley spent a day scrubbing herself and repeatedly washing her clothes, most other residents are taking events in stride.