Published: Wed, July 11, 2018

Novichok used in Salisbury and Amesbury could be active for 50 years

Novichok used in Salisbury and Amesbury could be active for 50 years

Russian Federation has committed an attack that resulted in the death of a Briton, defense minister Gavin Williamson said on Monday, linking Russian Federation to the incident after a 44-year-old woman who was poisoned by nerve agent Novichok died.

"Dawn will always be remembered by us as a gentle soul who was generous to a fault", the family wrote.

She is said to have received a "high dose" after handling a contaminated container, possibly left behind after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skirpal and his daughter Yulia. While he's made a "small but significant improvement" since being exposed to the poison, he remains in critical but stable condition.

"We sincerely apologize if any offence was caused, especially to the families of Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, and understand the timing of the release of this product may have lacked sensitivity", the company said in a statement, quoted by the Bristol Post.

The Kremlin said it was sorry to hear of Ms Sturgess's death but called the suggestion that Russian Federation was involved "absurd".

'Our thoughts and prayers also go out to Charlie and his family and we wish Charlie a speedy recovery'. The two of them spent many weeks in hospital but survived the attack.

A police officer stands in front of screening erected behind John Baker House, after it was confirmed that two people had been poisoned with the nerve-agent Novichok, in Amesbury, Britain, July 5, 2018.

"This is particularly important as families are starting to prepare for their children's summer holidays and so I am asking that people are extra vigilant".

The family statement comes hours after police removed a vehicle from an address in Swindon - 40 miles from the town of Salisbury which is the centre of the investigation.

Six locations visited by the couple have been cordoned off, including Mr Rowley's home on Muggleton Road in Amesbury, a Boots shop and a baptist church.

A red Ford Transit van which Mr Rowley had been a passenger in and a bus taken by the pair the night before they became ill have also been taken away for testing.

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