Novichok came from small bottle, police say

Blanche Robertson
July 13, 2018

Ms Sturgess' partner, 45-year-old Charlie Rowley from Amesbury, a town a few miles from Salisbury, is now recovering in hospital.

British detectives investigating the poisoning of two people by the nerve agent Novichok in southwestern England said Friday that a small bottle found in the home of one of the victims tested positive for the deadly substance.

He declined to give further details on the bottle, but police said inquiries were ongoing to establish where the bottle came from and how it came into Rowley's possession. They were found to have been poisoned with Novichok, a lethal nerve agent produced in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

The search for the container was conducted by officers from Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command. Sturgess died in a hospital on Sunday.

'It was taken to the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, Wiltshire, for tests.

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"Following those tests, scientists have now confirmed to us that the substance contained within the bottle is Novichok".

Authorities have yet to understand how the couple came across the contaminated bottle and how it ended up in their house. Police have interviewed Rowley in recent days since he recovered consciousness.

A auto has been seized by the military outside a police station in north Wiltshire.

Police officers have cordoned off part of the auto park at Monkton Park in Chippenham as army personel worked to wrap and remove a vehicle as part of their nerve agent investigation.

On Tuesday evening, military staff in Hazmat suits seized a white Audi belonging to an Air Ambulance paramedic who treated Ms Sturgess, and wrapped it in clingfilm.

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