British police continue hunt for poison used against ex-spy

Leroy Wright
July 8, 2018

However, Metropolitan Police said in a statement Thursday that the possible connection between the nerve agent incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury is the main line of the current investigation. It has brought more than 100 officers to Salisbury and Amesbury as suspect sites are condoned off to protect the public.

Meanwhile, the couple remained in critical condition, breathing with the assistance of ventilators and surrounded by the world's leading experts on Novichok poisoning, their odds of survival being closely tracked by Britain and Russian Federation.

The couple, Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, were found unconscious at a house in Amesbury, Wiltshire, on Saturday, BBC News reported.

Health chiefs said the risk to the public was low, repeating their earlier advice given after the Skripals were taken ill that the public should wash their clothes and use cleansing wipes to wash down personal items.

A specialist team member in a police protective suit leaves the front entrance of John Baker House for homeless people on Rollestone Street in Salisbury, England, Friday, July 6, 2018.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45, fell ill on June 30 after being exposed to a military-grade nerve agent, Novichok, the same nerve agent that almost killed ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

In appearances on Russian state-controlled television, she has said she doesn't trust Britain to handle the investigation into the nerve agent poisoning.

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They were called back later that day when Mr Rowley also fell ill.

Police are still scouring for traces of the potentially deadly nerve agent in an operation that is expected to last for weeks.

Mr Rowley has been described as having foraged for goods to fix and sell, and is known to have collected discarded cigarettes.

Britain has accused Russian Federation of poisoning the Skripals with Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet military during the Cold War, but has not blamed Moscow of deliberately targeting the latest victims. The two victims are British nationals local to the area, according to police in Wiltshire, the county in which Amesbury is located.

- Wipe personal items such as phones, handbags and other electronic items with cleansing or baby wipes and dispose of the wipes in an ordinary domestic waste disposal. A paper published in May in the scientific journal Clinical Toxicology noted that while a large dose of a nerve agent could kill a patient within minutes, "mild or moderately exposed individuals usually recover completely".

The hospital did not say whether the unidentified officer might have been exposed to novichok.

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