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Sep 17, 2018

The naming of the Russian agents believed to be responsible for the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury has brought the spectre of chemical weapons to the forefront of the public consciousness once again.

But while such weapons can undoubtedly wreak enormous havoc, a Telegraph film investigating the threat of biological terrorism has shown that a far simpler way to spread fear and disrupt daily life would be to harness diseases in plants, animals and even humans.

Dominic Nicholls, defence and security correspondent for The Telegraph, has spoken to a host of experts who reveal that bacteria such as anthrax, which occurs naturally in the soil and can infect cattle and wild animals, and foot and mouth disease could be a much bigger threat than chemical weapons.

In the film, which you can watch by clicking this link <>, Nicholls talks to biosecurity experts and farmers to investigate the scale of the threat and how prepared West is to tackle it.