British Man's Condition Upgraded After Nerve Agent Poisoning

Lester Mason
July 13, 2018

The couple poisoned by a deadly nerve agent near Salisbury must have received "a high dose" of Novichok when they handled a vessel containing the substance, a leading police officer has said. They have since recovered.

"However, if there is anyone who saw them or met with them who we haven't already spoken to, I would urge them to contact police on 0800 789 321".

The Kremlin said Monday it would be "absurd" to suggest Russian Federation was involved in the death of Sturgess. Peskov added that such attacks present a danger not only inside the United Kingdom, but also in Europe as a whole. Britain has accused the Russian state of the attack on the Skripals, a charge denied by the Kremlin.

In May, the UK's national security adviser Sir Mark Sedwill said authorities did "not yet" know who was responsible for the Skripal death, and no updates have been offered since.

"Police and security officials are working urgently to establish the facts of this incident, which is now being treated as murder", Mrs May said.

A woman poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent has died, eight days after police think she touched a contaminated item that has not been found.

Neil Basu said scientific advice suggested that the nerve agent could remain active for decades.


Counter-terrorism investigators have said they will be led by the evidence, but have confirmed a link between the Amesbury poisoning and the Salisbury attack was a main line of inquiry. He also said police could not guarantee there were no more traces of Novichok still in England.

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.

In a statement, the distillery said: "Novichok Edition has been in development for some time, and was only named and released after the Skripals had recovered".

A British man poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent 10 days ago has regained consciousness and is now in a critical but stable condition, Salisbury District Hospital said on Tuesday. He said it would be several more weeks, if not months, before the investigation was over.

Charlie Rowley, 45, woke up Tuesday at Salisbury Hospital in London.

Sam Hobson, a friend of the couple, told AFP he had visited Salisbury with them the day before they fell ill.

"It could easily have happened to anyone, to me or my partner", 27-year-old Ben Jordan told AFP. "We are very, very sad". Ms Sturgess has since died in hospital.

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