British Police Say Source Of Novichok Found In Victim's Home

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2018

Police said the nerve agent come from a small bottle which they discovered in Mr Rowley's house in Amesbury.

The Skripals survived and were released from the Salisbury hospital before Rowley and Sturgess were poisoned and taken there.

The Metropolitan Police said the bottle was found during searches on Wednesday. After the tests, the scientists confirmed that the substance in the bottle is a "Newbie", - reads the statement of the police.

THE novichok nerve agent that killed a mum-of-three was in a perfume bottle, it has been claimed.

The UK government still remains adamant that Russian Federation is behind the poisoning attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing in the United Kingdom, described the investigation process as "painstaking and vital work". "However, we can not guarantee that there isn't any more of the substance left", police said.

Amesbury is located 15 miles from Salisbury, where on March 4 the former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia was poisoned nervously-paralytic substance.

"This is to allow thorough searches to continue as a precautionary measure for public safety and to assist the investigation team".

Police are investigating where the bottle came from and how it came to be in Charlie's house.

Flowers for Dawn Sturgess who died after being exposed to novichok
Image Flowers for Ms Sturgess who died after being exposed to novichok

The police had launched a murder probe after Dawn Sturgess was killed and partner Charlie Rowley was left seriously ill.

Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, were found unconscious.

The United Kingdom has invited independent chemical-weapons experts to visit next week and independently confirm the nerve agent suspected in the case.

Protective equipment for each individual takes around 40 minutes to put on, and with the recent hot weather, temperatures inside the forensic tents have been reaching in excess of 40C, police said.

Wiltshire Chief Constable Kier Pritchard welcomed the development, describing it as "significant and encouraging".

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

Britain blamed Russian Federation for the Skripals' poisoning.

A post-mortem examinaton will be conducted next Tuesday to investigate Ms Sturgess' death.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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