Police issue stark Novichok warning as nerve agent source hunt continues

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 13, 2018

Police said tests showed the pair were exposed to Novichok, the same type of nerve agent used to poison the Skripals.

The hospital says in a statement that "while this is welcome news, clearly we are not out of the woods yet".

Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning of the Skripals, but Russian Federation has denied involvement.

Asked about whether his brother is aware of Ms Sturgess's death, Matthew said Charlie was very upset.

He added that it may never be possible to definitively establish a link between the death of Sturgess and the poisoning of the Skripals.

Charlie Rowley, 45, began answering questions after days in a coma after being taken seriously ill, following exposure to the nerve agent.

A police officer stands at a cordon around a public litter bin next to a supported housing project in Salisbury on July 5 after two people were exposed to Novichok nerve agent.

Mr Basu also said that the "brutal reality" is that he can not say with certainty that there are no traces of nerve agent left anywhere in Wiltshire.

An extra £5m of government funding has been handed out to help the Wiltshire economy recover after a couple were poisoned by a nerve agent.

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They had both been taken to hospital in the city of Amesbury on June 30.

A Facebook user wrote: "Please withdraw your Novichok, at least until we are certain that the container has been found and all those affected have fully recovered". The couple had come across what police believe was a container likely to have been discarded when Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, was targeted with novichok in Salisbury.

Mr Rowley remains critically ill in hospital, and Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies has warned everyone in the area not to pick up "any foreign object which could contain liquid or gel, in the interests of their own safety".

Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley fell ill at a house in Amesbury, about eight miles from Salisbury.

"Late on Tuesday last week, we received that terrible news that two more people - Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley - had fallen ill as a result of exposure to novichok".

He said scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down will work hard to determine whether the nerve agents in the two incidents were from the same batch.

Assistant Commissioner Basu told residents: "This is murder, you know it's murder, so I don't need to stiffen the resolve of the detectives who are working on this case to try and get justice for Dawn, her family and everyone who has been affected, including this community".

Ms Sturgess, who had a daughter aged 11 and two sons aged 19 and 23, had...

One member of the public suggested police are "looking for a needle in a haystack".

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