Police issue stark Novichok warning as nerve agent source hunt continues

Police issue stark Novichok warning as nerve agent source hunt continues

Rowley, 45, and his partner Dawn Sturgess were exposed 10 days ago to Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

In response, the official Twitter account for Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Williamson's statements the latest attempt to unfairly blame Russian Federation for poisonings related to Novichok.

He said it is possible Sturgess and Rowley had the container in their possession for some time before opening it with disastrous results. "Could you perhaps come up with something new?" Sturgess died in hospital on July 8 while Rowly remains in critical condition.

The police officer leading the investigation into the latest Novichok poisoning in the United Kingdom has said he does not know if it will ever be possible to establish a definitive link between the most recent poisoning and that of Sergei and Yulia Skripal last March.

"I would love to be able to say that we have identified and caught the people responsible and how we are certain there are no traces of nerve agent left anywhere in Wiltshire", he said.

Russian Federation was accused of targeting the Skripals in March but has denied involvement.

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid said scientists have yet not determined if the nerve agent that caused Sturgess' death was from the same batch that poisoned the Skripals.

Reuters contributed reporting to this article.

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Officers have been piecing together movements of the pair in Salisbury and Amesbury before they were taken ill on Saturday 30 June.

Novichok poisoning victim Charlie Rowley is no longer in a critical condition and has spoken to police.

The backdrop to this meeting was British but the issue was global as police issued a Novichok warning to the residents of Salisbury. "Charlie [Rowley] is still very unwell and will continue to require specialist, round-the-clock care".

REUTERSA vehicle feared contaminated is taken away.

It was feared it might have been contaminated and was taken to the Government laboratory at Porton Down, near Salisbury, to be destroyed.

A tweet by police said, "the public should not be alarmed by this". Police believe they touched a contaminated item that has not been found.

It is understood police are being guided by doctors over when and for how long they can interview Mr Rowley.

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