United Kingdom police confirm source of Novichok poisoning

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu

Detectives investigating the poisoning of two people in the United Kingdom believe the source of the nerve agent was a small bottle found in one of the victim's house in Amesbury, Scotland Yard said.

Police are still looking into where the bottle came from and how it came to be in Rowley's house.

Mr Rowley, 45, remains in hospital in Salisbury after being poisoned on 30 June.

This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly.

Counter terrorism investigators said they had recovered a small glass bottle from the home of victim, Charlie Rowley, which had tested positive for Novichok.

Dawn Sturgess died after taking Novichok.

Further scientific tests will determine whether the toxic nerve agent came from the same batch that contaminated former Russian spy Sergei and his daughter, Yulia Skripal in March.

Charles Rowley is now conscious in hospital and police have found a bottle of Novichok at his house. "However, we can not guarantee that there isn't any more of the substance left", said Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Head of UK Counter Terrorism Policing.

"We want to make it clear that there is no cordon in place and once the vehicle has been removed, police will leave the scene and it will be open to the public as normal".

"This is to allow thorough searches to continue as a precautionary measure for public safety and to assist the investigation team".

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.

Public health officials say the risk to the public is low, but advised people not to pick up any odd items.

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