Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

UK police in protective suits investigate latest Novichok poisoning

UK police in protective suits investigate latest Novichok poisoning

The report of suspected nerve agent symptoms come just a week after a British couple were confirmed to have been poisoned using Novichok.

"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.

A police officer has been taken to a hospital in Salisbury in connection with the Amesbury nerve agent attack.

On 29th June, the couple were spotted together at Ms Sturgess' homeless shelter, the John Baker House in Salisbury, at around 12.20pm.

The Russian Embassy hit back, accusing the Government of trying to "muddy the waters" and 'frighten its own citizens'.

One theory understood to be under investigation is whether the pair inadvertently found the container used to transport the nerve agent in the Skripal attack before being recklessly discarded.

It is the same type of nerve agent used in the attack on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia that Britain blamed squarely on Russia.

Britain blames Russian Federation for the assassination attempt, but Moscow denies any involvement.

British newspapers reported that samples were taken to the nearby United Kingdom military research center at Porton Down, the same facility that helped identify the nerve agent in the Skripal case.

"Detectives are working as quickly and as diligently as possible to identify the source of the contamination".

Counterterrorism police, who the led the investigation into the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, said they were assisting local police in the investigation which has been declared a "major incident" by the emergency services.

A number of sites are being searched in the town of Amesbury, where the couple fell ill, and the nearby city of Salisbury, where the Skripals were poisoned.

"It is now time the Russian state comes forward and explains exactly what has gone on".

"It is completely unacceptable for our people to be either deliberate or accidental targets", Javid told Parliament, adding that it was also unacceptable for British streets or parks to be "dumping grounds for poison".

The Skripals eventually recovered after treatment, but not before the British government lead the charge for a major diplomatic pushback against Russian Federation for orchestrating the attack-something Moscow continues to deny.

The risk to the public remained low, chief medical officer for England Sally Davies said, but issued "highly precautionary" advice to those with concerns. The people affected are not officially named by police, who still believe they have fallen victim to a contaminated batch of drugs - "possibly heroin or crack cocaine".

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. But he also said investigators do not believe that Sturgess and Rowley were meant to be targeted in the latest incident.

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