Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

British Police Confirm Source Of Novichok Poisoning

British Police Confirm Source Of Novichok Poisoning

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

The police said further testing was trying to establish whether the substance that affected Rowley and Sturgess was from the same batch as was used against the Skripals.

The force said, in total, search teams recovered over 400 "exhibits, samples and items" linked to the investigation into the poisoning of Sturgess and Rowley.

Metropolitan Police said the day before they had found a small bottle believed to be the source of the nerve agent that killed Dawn Sturgess and sickened Charlie Rowley.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, from Durrington, died in hospital on Sunday evening after being exposed to the nerve agent the previous weekend.

"It is not an exaggeration to say that the search process linked with both this and the Salisbury investigation has been one of the most complex and hard that United Kingdom policing has ever faced", said Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu, Britain's top counterterrorism officer.

Detectives investigating the case as murder found a small bottle in Rowley's house Wednesday.

Mr Knight described Ms Sturgess, who had three children, as having had " lots of friends", adding that the manner of her death was "something which is never expected".

Peter Wilson, the country's permanent representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), asked for the group's assistance, according to a statement from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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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".

Experts will be able to collect samples and analyze them at reputable global labs designed by the organization, the statement said.

Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said the discovery of the bottle was "significant and encouraging".

A post-mortem will take place on Tuesday before an inquest into her death opens on Thursday.

"The safety of the public and our officers remains paramount and we are continuing to work closely with Wiltshire Police, scientists, health experts from Public Health England and other partners".

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

Authorities insist the risk to the public in Salisbury and Amesbury remains low and there have been been no further cases of people falling ill.

Public Health England reiterated its advice to members of the public and urged residents not to touch, or pick up, unfamiliar objects.

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