UK police find ‘small bottle’ with Novichok nerve agent

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    Police said inquiries are ongoing to establish how the bottle came into Rowley’s possession [Henry Nicholls/Reuters]

    British police say they believe they found the source of a nerve agent that killed a woman this week in southwest England and left her partner critically ill in hospital.

    Dawn Sturgess, 44, died on Sunday, just over a week after she was exposed to Novichok near the city of Salisbury where Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were struck down with the same poison in March.

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

    “On Wednesday … a small bottle was recovered during searches of Charlie Rowley’s house in Amesbury,” police said in a statement. “Scientists have now confirmed to us that the substance contained within the bottle is Novichok.”

    More tests were being carried out to try and establish whether it is from the same batch that contaminated the Skripals and inquiries were under way to establish where the bottle came from, the statement added.

    “This is clearly a significant and positive development. However, we cannot guarantee that there isn’t any more of the substance left,” said Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu.

    He declined to give further details on the bottle, but police said inquiries were ongoing to establish how it came into Rowley’s possession.

    Britain and its allies blamed Russia for the attack in March on the Skripals, prompting the biggest Western expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War. Moscow has rejected the accusations and has hit back by expelling Western diplomats.

    The UK has invited independent technical experts from the international chemical weapons watchdog to travel to the country early next week to independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent, the British Foreign Office said on Friday.

    View the original article: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/uk-police-find-small-bottle-novichok-nerve-agent-180713172428444.html

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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