Hunt for Novi­chok fo­cuses on homes

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

The search for clues con­tin­ued yes­ter­day af ter the lat­est Novi­chok poi­son­ings.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are hunt­ing for traces of the po­ten­tially deadly nerve agent af­ter Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her part­ner, Char­lie Rowley, 45, were taken ill last Sat­ur­day.

Both fell ill af­ter “han­dling a con­tam­i­nated item” and re­mained in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion last night.

Sal is­bury and nearby Amesbury in Wilt­shire are the fo­cal points of the hunt.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors wear­ing pro­tec­tive cloth­ing en­tered the John Baker House as­sisted- liv­ing hos­tel in Sal­is­bury, where mum- ofthree Dawn lives, af­ter they took a sam­ple from out­side the build­ing on Fri­day.

Other sites vis­ited by the cou­ple in the lead-up to their hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion are be­ing looked at, as de­tec­tives piece to­gether their move­ments.

There was also a heavy op­er­a­tional pres­ence at Char­lie’s flat in Amesbury, where they both fell ill.

Po­lice have been un­able to lo­cate the source of the con­tam­i­na­tion and have not ruled out more peo­ple fall­ing ill from com­ing into con­tact with the sub­stance left over af­ter Sergei and Yu­lia Skri­pal were tar­geted.

One the­ory be­ing probed is whether the pair in­ad­ver­tently found the con­tainer used to hold the nerve agent in the Skri­pal at­tack be­fore it was reck­lessly dis­carded.

The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice said: “The fo­cus of the i nves­ti­ga­tion re­mains iden­ti­fy­ing the source of the con­tam­i­na­tion as quickly as pos­si­ble. “

SWAB John Baker House

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