Police Confirm Amesbury Pair Exposed To Novichock

Marsha Scott
July 8, 2018

Two people in Amesbury, England, have been poisoned by the same nerve agent that almost killed a former Russian spy and his daughter earlier this year.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said a crime lab found the eerie link. It has brought more than 100 officers to Salisbury and Amesbury as suspect sites are condoned off to protect the public.

An exterior view shows Charlie's Store open as usual, in which CCTV from inside appeared to show Dawn Sturgess the day before she became seriously ill, in Salisbury, England, Friday, July 6, 2018.

A bus depot in Salisbury is being guarded by police tonight, as it's announced that two people from Amesbury are critically ill after coming into contact with nerve agent.

Scientists at the Porton Down defense laboratory concluded they had been poisoned with Novichok, a type of nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Hours later, an ambulance was called at around 0915 GMT to treat a woman who had lost consciousness at a house in Muggleton Road in Amesbury, where Hobson said Rowley lived.

Health chiefs said the risk to the public was low, repeating their earlier advice that the public should wash their clothes and use cleansing wipes on personal items.

After several months in the hospital, both Sergei and Yulia have recovered, but many questions about the perpetrators and their motives remain.

That means authorities will have to take soil and vegetation samples from sites where it's possible the nerve agent was present and painstakingly test the samples to see if there is any contamination.

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"Officers are wearing protective equipment as they carry out their activity and protective barriers may also be installed at some of these sites".

Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said the government's emergency response committee had met to discuss the incident and would meet again on Wednesday evening.

The unexplained poisoning of two British citizens with no apparent link to Russian Federation raised health concerns in Salisbury, where a massive decontamination effort took place after the Skripal poisoning case.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the case as "very worrying" but said Russian Federation had no information "about what substances were used and how they were used".

"This is a precautionary measure while we continue to investigate how they came into contact with the substance". He said it was "completely unacceptable for our people to be either deliberate or accidental targets", and warned about towns in the United Kingdom becoming "dumping grounds" for nerve agents.

Novichok remains highly toxic for a considerable period of time, so even the tiniest trace remaining in a container picked up by the victims could account for their severe illness.

Forensic investigators in hazardous material suits and gas masks have begun searching the building where one of the latest Novichok victims lives.

Russian officials have also insisted that Novichok agents are not stable and degrade quickly, meaning there would be minimal risk of detection by British authorities or exposure weeks after the incident-though Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston toxicologist Peter Chai told the Verge such agents are "really oily so they persist in the environment".

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