Novichok ‘was inside bottle of perfume’

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 19, 2018

Mr Hope said he had been told it could be "weeks or even months" before he is able to bury his mother, who died on July 8.

Sturgess died on Sunday, while Rowley has regained consciousness and is no longer in a critical condition.

The Metropolitan Police said on Friday that a small bottle discovered in Rowley's home has been identified as the source of the nerve agent. Police have interviewed Rowley since he became conscious.

"Inquiries are underway to establish where the bottle came from and how it came to be in Charlie's house", police said.

The police statement said more tests are being conducted to try to determine whether the Novichok in the bottle is from the "same batch" that poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

The Russian embassy in London called on Britain on Saturday to share information about the substance used in the poisoning.

Sturgess, 44, and Rowley, 45, were sickened on June 30. British authorities have taken the Skripals to a secret protected location for their safety.

Ewan Hope, the son of Ms Sturgess, said he wants her killer or killers to "get what they deserve".

Mr Basu who is the National Lead for Counter Terrorism (CT) Policing in the United Kingdom added: "The work being carried out is extremely important".

Police said that as a result only two deployments of search teams can typically be carried out at any particular scene per day.

"If you didn't drop it, then don't pick it up", officials said on Friday.

It was found at Rowley's home in the southwestern town of Amesbury.

Wiltshire Chief Constable Kier Pritchard welcomed the development, describing it as "significant and encouraging".

While the risk of further poisonings remains "low", Basu said, "cordons will remain in place for some considerable time".

The UK has also invited experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent.

It is believed they handled an item contaminated with the Russian-made chemical weapon. They were found to have been poisoned with Novichok.

Instead, saying Moscow was "highly likely" to blame, the United Kingdom and its allies initiated a mass expulsion of Russian diplomats, resulting in more than 100 Russian embassy and consulate workers getting sent home from over a dozen countries.

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