United Kingdom police confirm source of Novichok poisoning

Lester Mason
July 13, 2018

Police have found a bottle believed to have contained the novichok that killed Dawn Sturgess and poisoned Charle Rowley in Wiltshire, Scotland Yard have announced.

Cops said a small bottle was recovered after searching the scene of Rowley's house in Amesbury. Her partner, 45-year-old Charlie Rowley, was in critical condition, but has since regained consciousness.

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Further tests will now be carried out, the force said.

Neil Basu, head of United Kingdom counter-terrorism policing, said: "This is clearly a significant and positive development".

"This is clearly a significant and positive development".

Authorities have yet to understand how the couple came across the contaminated bottle and how it ended up in their house.

"However, we can not guarantee that there isn't any more of the substance left and cordons will remain in place for some considerable time".

The Novichok saga began in March when Sergei and Yulia Skripal mysteriously fell ill on a park bench in Salisbury.

Earlier today two cars were also seized as part of the investigation into nerve agent poisoning in Amesbury. "This is to allow thorough searches to continue as a precautionary measure for public safety and to assist the investigation team", he said.

Britain and its allies blamed Russia for the attack in March on the Skripals, prompting the biggest Western expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War.

The UK has invited experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent. An inquest into her death will open on Thursday.

Public health officials say the risk to the public is low, but advised people not to pick up any unusual items.

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