Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Amesbury poisoning: Police REVEAL source of deadly Novichok

Amesbury poisoning: Police REVEAL source of deadly Novichok

The incident occured just miles from where ex-spy Sergei Skripal, and daughter Yulia, were attacked with the substance in Salisbury in March. Sturgess, 44, died on July 8.

More than 100 police officers had been searching for the source of Rowley and Sturgess' exposure in the town of Amesbury, where they lived, and Salisbury, where the Skripals were poisoned.

"Officers from the investigation team have spoken to Charlie and will be speaking to him further to establish how he and Dawn came to be contaminated", a Metropolitan Police spokesperson told the outlet.

The Skripals survived and have been released from a hospital, but are in a secret protected location.

In a statement, assistant commissioner Neil Basu warned of the possibility of further contaminated objects. He said he could not guarantee there were no more traces of the lethal poison in the area.

He said on Friday, local time, that cordons would remain in place in some locations to protect the public despite the apparent breakthrough in the case.

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

"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 spokesman told The Independent.

The Foreign Office also on Friday said it had invited independent technical experts from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to Britain early next week "to independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent".

The effort is part of the United Kingdom's commitment to upholding OPCW's integrity overseeing a global ban under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The discovery marked the end of a almost two-week search for the agent.

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

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

The British government previously blamed the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal on Russian Federation, which Russia denies.

"It's a highly precautionary measure and the overall risk to the public is low but their advice is simple - "If you didn't drop it, don't pick it up".

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