Mas­sive break­through in Rus­sia link

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BY CHRIS HUGHES THIS is a mas­sive break­through. It is highly likely tests will link the lat­est poi­son­ings with the at­tempt to kill Sergei Skri­pal and his daugh­ter.

The size of the bot­tle may re­veal a great deal about the po­tency of the Novi­chok and help point the fin­ger at de­tails of the bot­tle. Mr Row­ley and Ms Sturgess, who lived in Sal­is­bury, were found un­con­scious and foam­ing at the mouth at his home on June 30. Po­lice first sus­pected con­tam­i­nated drugs but two days later an­nounced it was Novi­chok. The Rus­sia. It is unimag­in­able they would dis­patch it in a container with Rus­sian mark­ings.

But MI5 will con­duct an “au­dit trail” to find out where the container is likely to have come from. new find could shed fresh light on the at­tack on Mr Skri­pal and daugh­ter Yu­lia. Nei­ther has so far been able to give in­ves­ti­ga­tors any use­ful in­for­ma­tion.

But the Novi­chok found on Wed­nes­day first needs fur­ther tests to con­firm if it is the same batch as the one used on the Rus­sians.

Ex­perts from the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Chem­i­cal Weapons have been asked to in­de­pen­dently con­firm the iden­tity of the poi­son.

Wilt­shire Chief Con Kier Pritchard called the find sig­nif­i­cant but still warned peo­ple not to pick up ob­jects in pub­lic places.

He said: “The over­all risk is low but the ad­vice is sim­ple. If you didn’t drop it, don’t pick it up.”

Last night Mr Row­ley’s friend Danny Bricken said: “It’s a mas­sive re­lief they have found it.

“He would pick up any­thing that lad. God knows when he found it. He prob­a­bly didn’t have a clue he had it.”

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