TripAdvisor has temporarily blocked reviews for Salisbury Cathedral because of the number of ‘fake’ reviews being left following the Salisbury Novichok suspects interview.
The cathedral became a popular search on the website after it emerged Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the two men Britain has accused of being Russian assassins, allegedly stopped by to see the historical structure and its 123 metre spire.
They went on the record to say they had only been in the town to see the ‘wonderful city’, but many are refusing to accept their story.
It now appears there have been a few problems with the reviews on the page, with not all being completely genuine.
A prank account calling itself ‘RuslanBoshirov’ left a review titled ‘eventful trip’ and gave it a five star rating.
It said: ‘I wanted to visit the WorldWide famous town of Salisbury since I was a boy. Could say it was eventful.’
Boshirov was a popular candidate for the satire, and another left a review which said: ‘Came all the way from Russia to see the spire, which is 123 metres tall you know.
‘Wonderful place to visit and very glad we came. We came two times. All just a short 3,000km hop from Moscow, well worth it!’
Another review, this time by Mark R, said: ‘Me and my co-assassin, sorry, ‘tourist’ went there because the big man (Putin) needed a loose end sorting out, sorry – photo’s of the spire for his photo-collection of massive erections.
‘It was a bit cold, and didn’t like it much, so we went home again.
‘Called round to an ex-colleagues house to say hello but he wasn’t in. Left a message in the form of a weapon of mass destruction on his door handle. I hope he gets the message.’
In a message that was published on the website, TripAdvisor said: ‘Due to a recent event that has attracted media attention and has caused an influx of review submissions that do not describe the first-hand experience, we have temporarily suspended publishing new reviews for this listing.
‘If you’ve had a firsthand experience at this property, please check back soon — we’re looking forward to receiving your review.’