Silman Mir owns the City Stay Hotel in East London, where Russian spies stayed before poisoning Sergei Skripal with a novichok
A London hotel owner, where Russian gunmen hid his deadly novichok for two nights, revealed that the police only spoke to him yesterday about his murderous guests.
Silman Mir said that the police waited six months before telling him that his hotel had been contaminated with "low levels" of the nervous agent, when the television equipment appeared yesterday at his door.
Mir, 54, said detectives had been making regular visits to the 20-room City Stay Hotel for four months or more without giving him confidence.
The businessman was reluctant to reveal what the police told him about his investigations, but said he was not given details about the connection to the Salisbury attack.
He said he had not yet been told which room the two murderers stayed in for two nights in March.
In exclusive statements to Mailonline inside the hotel, he said: "I knew nothing about Salisbury until yesterday at 10 in the morning when I saw the television cameras when I got here."
He said he had delivered "everything to the police", including the hotel records and the CCTV cameras inside the hotel.
Mir, 54, said officers first arrived at the hotel (pictured) in May and had been there for four months without taking their trust into account and explaining why they were there.
Two Russian assassins, called Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, stayed at the hotel, where rooms are available for £ 48 per night on March 2 and March 3 of this year.
Police said they found "small traces" of novichok in the room where men were staying that were not dangerous to public health
He said he had no records of how the two Russian assassins had made the reservation, but he believed he would have been on the internet.
Mr. Mir added: "It was clearly an important issue and we were happy to help him, but I had no idea what the reasons were.
"The detectives will come back through the months, but I can not even tell them which room these men stayed in because the police did not tell us, they have reviewed the hotel thoroughly and they have all the records, but until yesterday we did not know. 39;
Mir and his son Shaan run the business together with his brother, who did not want to be identified.
Mir added: "This is a small family business and I'm worried about the effect this will have on it." "I hope it does not stop people from staying here, it's clean, safe and welcoming.
The hotel, which has rooms from £ 48 per night, is next to the Bow DLR station and one minute from the district line.
The two Russian spies who used the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov traveled used the hotel for two nights during their assassination mission.
The men arrived in Gatwick on Friday, March 2 on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow, before taking a train to London Victoria.
They then traveled to London Waterloo, where they were seen between 6 and 7 pm before entering the City Stay Hotel budget on Bow Road, east of London.
Dressed in padded jackets, hats and a backpack, the next day the couple left their hotel at 11 am and took the tube back to Waterloo to jump on the train from London to Salisbury that arrived in the cathedral city at 7:30 pm. 2.25 pm
There they did what the police believe was an acknowledgment of the Salisbury area, before taking a train back to London at 4.10 p.m. and return to your Bow hotel at 8:05 p.m.
Mr. Mir, owner of the guest house, said he only realized that his hotel was at the center of the nervous agent's investigation yesterday when the television crews camped at his door.
In exclusive statements to Mailonline inside the hotel (pictured), he said: "I knew nothing about Salisbury until 10 in the morning when I saw the television cameras outside when I got here."
On Sunday, they left their hotel at 8 a.m. and they took the subway again to Waterloo, where they took another train to Salisbury and returned to the city shortly before noon.
CCTV showed the two men near the house of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal at 11.58am and walking through the streets of the city between 1pm and 2pm.
The men took a train back to London around 2:00 p.m. and returned to Waterloo at 4.45 p.m., then took a subway to Heathrow Airport at 6:30 p.m.
Just over 48 hours after arriving in the United Kingdom, Petrov and Boshirov took the flight at 10.30 p.m. back to Moscow, just over 50 hours after playing for the first time.
Police said they did not search the men's room until two months after the attack. Only a minute trace of the chemical was found in the hotel.
Mir said he was not worried that novichok had been found in his building. & # 39; We're all good. There has not been any illness in my family or among the guests, "he said.
He added that he had been contacted by a government health expert who had also assured him that there was no cause for concern.
The hotel, on Bow Road, is located next to a train station. It is where the two Russian suspects stayed during their time in the United Kingdom when they tried to assassinate Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
Deputy Commissioner of Scotland Yard, Neil Basu, national head of the anti-terrorist police, said: "On May 4, 2018, tests were conducted in the hotel room where the suspects had been housed.
& # 39; Several samples were tested on DSTL in Porton Down. Two swabs showed contamination of Novichok at levels lower than those that would cause concern for public health.
"The decision was taken to take more samples from the room as a precautionary measure, even in the same areas originally evaluated, and all the results yielded negative results.
"We believe that the first process of taking swabs eliminated the contamination, so low were the traces of Novichok in the room.
"After these tests, the experts considered that the room was safe and that it did not pose any risk to the public."
The uniformed officers were back at the hotel today to talk to Mr. Mir.