Wiltshire pair poisoned by nerve agent novichok, say police

Pauline Gross
July 8, 2018

The police also said that the level of danger of poisoning to the local population remains low. The couple is still in critical condition.

"Our current advice, based on the small number of casualties affected, is that there is no significant health risk to the wider public".

A Boots pharmacy in Amesbury was cordoned off, along with the Queen Elizabeth Gardens, the John Baker House in Salisbury, a supported living facility, and the Muggleton Road property in Amesbury, according to Wilshire Police.

The incident comes a few months after former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned by the same nerve agent in Salisbury, just 5 miles east of Amesbury.

Salisbury District Hospital is now treating an Amesbury couple who British investigators believe has been infected by Novichok, a Soviet-developed compound from a group of nerve agents.

Detectives have pieced together a timeline of their movements on that day, and the previous one, when they visited Salisbury. A paper published in May in the scientific journal Clinical Toxicology noted that while a large dose of a nerve agent could kill a patient within minutes, "mild or moderately exposed individuals usually recover completely".

Earlier on Saturday, the Salisbury District Hospital spokesperson said other residents have come forward with similar health concerns but none required treatment.

The officer sought assistance at Great Western Hospital in Swindon on Saturday, said a Salisbury District Hospital spokesperson, and was transferred to Salisbury District Hospital to be tested.

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On Thursday, Britain's Security Minister Ben Wallace called on Russian Federation to give details about the nerve agent attack on the Skripals. In the absence of any information to the contrary at this stage, detectives are now working on the basis that they then spent the night at an address on Muggleton Road, Amesbury.

Mr Rowley has been described as having foraged for goods to fix and sell, and is known to have collected discarded cigarettes.

Around 100 counter-terrorism officers are helping in the investigation into the latest poisoning, which police said Friday could "take weeks and months to complete".

The Russian Embassy accused the United Kingdom of trying to "frighten its own citizens".

The hospital did not say whether the unidentified officer might have been exposed to novichok.

Police say the two had been poisoned at their home and that their front door proved to have a high concentration Novichok, which was first developed in the Soviet Union in the 1970s.

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.

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