British Novichok survivor Charlie Rowley regains consciousness: Salisbury District Hospital

Pauline Gross
July 11, 2018

"It may be that it will never be possible to establish such a definitive link, but (the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down) are already crystal clear that it is the same nerve agent type - a novichok - one that killed Dawn and poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal as well as Nick Bailey and Charlie Rowley".

Sturgess died on Sunday; officials say Rowley has shown slight but significant improvement and has recovered consciousness.

"This latest horrendous turn of events has only served to strengthen the resolve of our investigation team as we work to identify those responsible for this outrageous, reckless and barbaric act", counter-terrorism police chief Neil Basu said. "Charlie is still very unwell and will continue to require specialist, round-the-clock care here at Salisbury District Hospital", the report says.

Mr Rowley, 45, and his partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, both fell ill in Amesbury, Wiltshire, on June 30 after it is believed they handled a vessel containing the deadly substance.

Around 100 counter terrorism experts are now hunting for the source of the contamination, which is thought to be a container used in the original assassination attempt of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the attack on the Skripals - a charge strongly denied by Moscow which has challenged British authorities to publish the evidence.

Tributes have been paid to mother-of-three Ms Sturgess, with her family saying: 'Dawn's death has been devastating for us.

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The couple were found in their home, about 14km from Salisbury, where a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned in March.

Yulia Skripal was discharged from hospital in April and her father was discharged in May.

The incident happened just ten kilometres from Salisbury where the attack on the Skripals took place in March.

The vehicle was seized Monday from a residential street in Swindon, authorities said.

The backdrop to this meeting was British but the issue was global as police issued a Novichok warning to the residents of Salisbury.

A red Ford Transit van which Mr Rowley had been a passenger in and a bus taken by the pair the night before they became ill have also been taken away for testing.

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