Published: Sat, July 14, 2018

British Police Say Source Of Novichok Found In Victim's Home

British Police Say Source Of Novichok Found In Victim's Home

British detectives investigating the poisoning of two people with a military grade nerve agent said Friday that a small bottle found in the home of one of the victims tested positive for Novichok, a lethal substance produced in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Rowley, 45, and his partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, collapsed at his house within hours of each other on June 30.

"Following those tests, scientists have now confirmed to us that the substance contained within the bottle is novichok". Ms Sturgess has since died in hospital.

Her husband, Mr Rowley has since regained consciousness but remains in serious condition, as hospital staff continue to treat him.

A bottle found at Charlie Rowley's Amesbury house was tested by scientists at Porton Down, the Met Police said.

'Inquiries are under way to establish where the bottle came from and how it came to be in Charlie's house'.

In a statement, assistant commissioner Neil Basu warned of the possibility of further contaminated objects. The continued blocking off of areas would "allow thorough searches to continue as a precautionary measure for public safety and to assist the investigation team".


Amesbury is a few miles away from Salisbury, the town in which a former Russian spy and his daughter were found poisoned earlier this year in an incident that tarnished relations between the United Kingdom and Russia, with other countries also condemning the poison.

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".

About 100 counterterrorism detectives are working on the investigation, according to the police statement.

"I hope that it will further reassure our communities in both Amesbury and Salisbury that the investigation, although complex, is meticulous", he said.

"This will free up some Wiltshire Police officers to get back to supporting day-to-day community policing".

"We continue to support colleagues from the Counter Terrorism Policing Network to progress the inquiry as swiftly and safely as possible".

"As a precaution Public Health England continues to advise the public not to pick up any unusual items such as syringes, needles, cosmetics or similar objects made of materials such as metal, plastic or glass".

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