Bottle Of Novichok Nerve Agent Found In Victim's Home

Nellie Chapman
July 19, 2018

British police said Saturday that search teams have found over 400 items as part of the investigation into the poisoning of two Britons by the nerve agent Novichok - but searches will likely take many more weeks as officers seek further evidence.

Mr Rowley fell ill there on June 30, hours after his 44-year partner Dawn Sturgess collapsed after being exposed to the same nerve agent.

The vessel found in Rowle's house cointained the lethal substance produced in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, scientists confirmed.

Since being poisoned, Rowley has regained consciousness and is eating solid foods, but is still considered to be seriously ill.

Police have found the source of novichok, a nerve agent that killed a British woman earlier this week after she was exposed to it.

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

That happened in Salisbury, only a few miles away from Amesbury.

He declined to give further details on the bottle as police investigate where it came from and how it came into Rowley's possession.

The incident came after former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who have both since recovered, collapsed on a bench on March 4 in the nearby city of Salisbury, southwest England, sparking an global diplomatic crisis after Britain blamed Russian Federation for the attack.

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He added that it may never be possible to definitively establish a link between the death of Sturgess and the poisoning of the Skripals.

Basu said Friday that cordons would remain in place in some locations to protect the public despite the apparent breakthrough in the case.

Counter-terror detectives are trying to establish where the bottle came from and how it came to be in Rowley's home.

The UK has also invited experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent.

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

The British government previously blamed Russian Federation for Sergei Skripal's attempted murder, but Russian Federation denied such claims.

It is believed they handled an item contaminated with the Russian-made chemical weapon.

On Friday, police reiterated advice from Public Health England for people in the area not to pick up unusual items - including cosmetics.

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