Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Novichok that killed woman came from bottle, police believe

Novichok that killed woman came from bottle, police believe

Counter-terrorism officers recovered a small bottle on Wednesday from the Amesbury home of Charlie Rowley, who is in a serious condition in hospital.

Sturgess died on Sunday in hospital.

Earlier today two cars were also seized as part of the investigation into nerve agent poisoning in Amesbury. Following tests, "scientists have now confirmed to us that the substance contained within the bottle is Novichok", it announced on Friday.

"This is clearly a significant and positive development".

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They have not found any evidence that they visited any of the sites which were decontaminated following the Skripal poisoning. Peskov added that such attacks present a danger not only inside the United Kingdom , but also in Europe as a whole.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45, were sickened on June 30 in a town not far from the city where British authorities said a Russian ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned with Novichok in March.

Scientists at the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory are still trying to establish whether the Novichok found at Mr Rowley's house came from the same batch of Novichok that contaminated Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.

Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu said no more details would be provided about the bottle. "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", Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said in a statement. The container is believed to have poisoned the Wiltshire couple four months after a nerve agent attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury. "This is to allow thorough searches to continue as a precautionary measure for public safety and to assist the investigation team", he said.

Britain has invited independent technical experts from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to travel to the United Kingdom early next week to independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent, the British Foreign Office said on Friday. An inquest into her death will open on Thursday.

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