An English town puzzles over a spy who came in from the cold

Military forces work on a van in Winterslow, England, Monday, March 12, 2018, as investigations continue into the nerve-agent poisoning of Russian ex-

Military forces work on a van in Winterslow, England, Monday, March 12, 2018, as investigations continue into the nerve-agent poisoning of Russian ex-

Police officers guard a cordon around a police tent covering a supermarket car park pay machine near the area where former Russian double agent Sergei

Police officers guard a cordon around a police tent covering a supermarket car park pay machine near the area where former Russian double agent Sergei

A man runs past a fence cordoning off Zizzi restaurant near the area where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found crit

A man runs past a fence cordoning off Zizzi restaurant near the area where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found crit

SALISBURY, England (AP) — 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.