United Kingdom officer in hospital over possible nerve agent exposure

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   MAJOR INCIDENT Anti-terror police have taken over the Amesbury investigation

DS MAJOR INCIDENT Anti-terror police have taken over the Amesbury investigation

"We have received test results from Porton Down that show the two people have been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok", he said, according to the local Salisbury Journal.

Britain has accused Russian Federation of being behind the attack on the Skripals, which the Kremlin vehemently denies.

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has accused Vladimir Putin of using Britain as a "dumping ground for poison" after the latest infections.

The Kremlin said Russian Federation had offered Britain its assistance in investigating the nerve agent attack and had been rebuffed.

According to a local media report published on Saturday evening, almost a dozen emergency service vehicles arrive in the Muggleton Road area shortly after 6.30pm and one person is taken to hospital. Britain has notified the global chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Then a local couple with no obvious connection to Russian Federation or to espionage fell desperately ill and the government said Novichok was to blame. They did not elaborate.


Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the attempted assassination of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March, in Salisbury.

British security officials said Thursday that they're working on the assumption the pair in Amesbury were not specifically targeted, but were instead victims of the previous attack. The two were dating and had reportedly been at a function Saturday afternoon at Amesbury Baptist Church.

"This has been identified as the same nerve agent that contaminated both Yulia and Sergei Skripal", Javid told parliament.

A police officer stands in front of screening erected behind John Baker House as forensic tents are erected, after it was confirmed that two people had been poisoned with the nerve-agent Novichok, in Amesbury, Britain, July 5, 2018. Officials are also working to decontaminate the area in hopes of avoiding any additional exposures.

As they lie in intensive care, breathing with the assistance of ventilators and surrounded by the world's leading experts on Novichok poisoning, two obscure British citizens, who lived on the margins in their tranquil community, may have an impact in relations between global powers.


Police initially believed that Sturgess and Rowley were having an adverse reaction to illicit drugs, but on Monday, the couple continued to display worrying symptoms, prompting the hospital to send samples away for rushed laboratory testing.

They were called back later that day when Mr Rowley also fell ill. The safety of the public and our officers remains paramount and the searches will take longer because of the precautions that we must take to ensure there is no outstanding risk.

Andrea Sella, professor of inorganic chemistry at University College London, said Novichok nerve agents "are created to be quite persistent - they hang around in the environment, neither evaporating nor decomposing quickly".

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who publicly accused Russian Federation in the Skripal case, is again putting the blame on the government of Vladimir Putin today.

"What they'll be doing is looking into their background to see if there is any reason that they would be linked to the Skripals at all", he explained.


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