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Police find source of Novichok poisoning in victim's house

Police find source of Novichok poisoning in victim's housePolice have located the source of the Novichok nerve agent responsible for poisoning two people in Salisbury last month. Counter terrorism investigators recovered a small glass bottle from the home of victim, Charlie Rowley, which has tested positive for the deadly chemical. Further tests on the bottle and its contents are now being carried out, but it is hoped it could also provide crucial evidence to prove who attacked former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in March. Dawn Sturgess, 44, from Durrington, Wiltshire died in hospital on Sunday evening after being exposed to the nerve agent the previous weekend. Her partner, Charlie Rowley, 45, was also taken to hospital critically ill, but has since regained consciousness and has been interviewed by police. It is thought Mr Rowley was able to help detectives when he emerged from his coma as to the whereabouts of the source of the contamination. Salisbury three way split Detailed examination of the bottle and its contents will now take place as part of the murder investigation that was launched following the death of Ms Sturgess. Police have also expressed their determination to track down those who carried out the assassination attempt on Mr Skripal, although the blame has been laid firmly at the door of the Russian state. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "On Wednesday, 11 July, a small bottle was recovered during searches of Charlie Rowley’s house in Amesbury. It was taken to the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down, Wiltshire, for tests. "Following those tests, scientists have now confirmed to us that the substance contained within the bottle is Novichok. Further scientific tests will be carried out to try and establish whether it is from the same batch that contaminated Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March – this remains a main line of enquiry for police. "Inquiries are under way to establish where the bottle came from and how it came to be in Charlie’s house." Large parts of Salisbury will remain cordoned off Credit: AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Head of U

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