Police find Novichok bottle used in fatal poisoning

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 13, 2018

Charles Rowley is now conscious in hospital and police have found a bottle of Novichok at his house.

The incident came after former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who have both since recovered, collapsed on a bench on March 4 in the nearby city of Salisbury, southwest England, sparking an worldwide diplomatic crisis after Britain blamed Russian Federation for the attack.

Sturgess' partner Charlie Rowley, 45, remains in a critical condition but has regained consciousness.

In a statement, police said: "On Wednesday 11 July, a small bottle was recovered during searches of Charlie Rowley's house in Amesbury".

'Inquiries are under way to establish where the bottle came from and how it came to be in Charlie's house'. More than 100 police officers had been searching for the source of Rowley and Sturgess' exposure in the towns of Amesbury, where they lived, and Salisbury, where the Skripals were poisoned.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, head of United Kingdom counter terrorism policing, said further traces of the substance could still remain in the area and urged people to continue to heed health warnings.

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Basu said cordons would remain in place in some locations to protect the public despite the apparent breakthrough in the case.

"This is clearly a significant and positive development. However, we can not guarantee that there isn't any more of the substance left", police said.

Britain has invited independent technical experts from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to travel to the United Kingdom early next week to independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent, the British Foreign Office said on Friday. The organization has the power to assign blame for chemical weapons use.

Local cops are investigating the possibility that the culprit discarded a Novichok container that the couple unwittingly picked up four months later.

Prime Minister Theresa May blamed the Russian government for the attack, which the Kremlin has vehemently denied.

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