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UK News Investigators in hazmat suits enter Novichok victim’s home

20:30  06 july  2018
20:30  06 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Here's what we know about poisoning victims

  Here's what we know about poisoning victims Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley are fighting for their lives in hospital after being exposed to the nerve agent novichok. The couple are critically ill after becoming unwell in Amesbury, Wiltshire, on Saturday, having spent the evening before in nearby Salisbury - where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with the same substance back in March.Public Health England has urged people in both towns not to touch any "unknown objects", as police seek to identify the source of the contamination - which is known to have entered the victims' bodies via their hands.

Counter-terrorism officers continue to investigate the victims ' homes . CONTAMINATION: Officials in hazmat suits investigating the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. Mr Wallace disclosed that the "working assumption" is that the pair were exposed to Novichok either as a result of the attack on Sergei.

Forensic tents have been put up outside the building, which has been evacuated, and neighbours told not to be alarmed by the sight of investigators in hazardous material suits . Fears of further business closures after second novichok poisoning.

Amesbury incident: Investigators in chemical suits (Yui Mok/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Investigators in chemical suits (Yui Mok/PA)

Forensic investigators in hazardous material suits and gas masks have begun searching the building where one of the latest Novichok victims lives.

Two people in camouflage protective clothing entered the John Baker House assisted-living accommodation in Salisbury, where mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess, lives after they took a sample from the outside of the building shortly after 3pm on Friday.

The building is a short distance away from many of the sites closed to the public after the attempted murder of a former Russian spy with the nerve agent in March.

Last movements of novichok victims revealed

  Last movements of novichok victims revealed Police have released details of the final movements of a couple critically ill in hospital after being exposed to novichok. Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were taken ill at a house in Amesbury, Wiltshire, on Saturday.Tests later showed they had been exposed to novichok - the chemical weapon used in the attempted murders of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia just eight miles away in Salisbury in March.

Paramedics wearing hazmat suits work on Mr Rowley before he is loaded into the ambulance after he fell ill on Saturday evening. The Novichok victim has never held a job and after she split up with her partner she descended into the depths of alcoholism and was eventually evicted from her home .

This is the dramatic moment paramedics in hazmat suits carried a man into an ambulance after he was exposed to Novichok . Footage from the scene of the incident showed one of the victims being lifted into an ambulance by medics in the protective equipment.

Video: Police chief backs initial response to Novichok poisonings in Amesbury (Provided by Press Association)


Ms Sturgess, 44, and her partner, Charlie Rowley, 45, remain in a critical condition after being taken ill on Saturday after touching a contaminated item.

Those in camouflage were followed in by two others, one of whom was taking pictures, as they began combing for the deadly substance.

They took a swab from the exterior of the building on Rollestone Street, which is now under a heavy cordon and lined by forensic tents.

There was also a heavy operational presence at Mr Rowley’s flat, where they were both taken ill.

Revealed: The last 48 hours of couple poisoned by deadly Novichok as police bring in drones and say search for missing canister could take months

  Revealed: The last 48 hours of couple poisoned by deadly Novichok as police bring in drones and say search for missing canister could take months Dawn Sturgess (bottom right inset), 44, and boyfriend Charles Rowley (bottom left inset), 45, were poisoned on June 30 after visiting Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where it is believed Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley picked up the cannister. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Metropolitan police have revealed Dawn Sturgess and Charles Rowley's movements in the 48 hours before they were hospitalised on June 30 Police have revealed that on June 29 the couple were spotted together at Ms Sturgess' homeless shelter, the John Baker House in Salisbury, at around 12.20pm.

:: Victims poisoned at site unconnected to Skripals :: Amesbury pair exposed to novichok nerve agent, police confirm. Image: Paramedics wore hazmat suits after being called out to help Mr Rowley.

Britain has accused Russia of poisoning the Skripals with Novichok - a Home Secretary Sajid Javid will chair a meeting of the emergency response committee on Thursday. After the Skripal poisoning, police investigators in protective hazmat suits scoured the ancient English cathedral city of Salisbury.

Incident response vehicles and fire engines joined police at his Amesbury home.

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.

Wiltshire residents have been told to expect investigators in hazardous material suits to descend on the scenes, while other sites the couple were known to have visited before being taken ill are behind cordons.

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.

Police officer was not poisoned by Novichok, hospital says

  Police officer was not poisoned by Novichok, hospital says The officer, believed to be with Wiltshire Police, initially attended Swindon’s Great Western Hospital after feeling unwell. He was later taken to Salisbury District Hospital, a short distance from Amesbury where Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, fell ill last Saturday.Pleased to confirm that the police officer who sought precautionary medical advice at Salisbury District Hospital in connection with the incident in Amesbury has been assessed & given the all clear. https://t.

Home . Forensic investigators wearing protective suits enter the rear of John Baker House, after it was confirmed that two people had been poisoned with the nerve-agent Novichok , in Amesbury, Britain, July 6, 2018.

Home . News. Politics. New Novichok victims poisoned by ‘SAME EQUIPMENT’ as Skripals suggests shock revelation. Personnel in hazmat suits secure a tent covering a bench in Salisbury' s Maltings shopping centre.

Mr Rowley has been described as having foraged for goods to fix and sell, and is known to have collected discarded cigarettes.

The Government’s Cobra emergency committee will meet on Friday afternoon to discuss the latest developments.

The meeting of officials will be chaired by the deputy national security adviser Madeleine Alessandri.

Wiltshire Chief Constable Kier Pritchard visited the Amesbury site on Friday.

The second nerve agent emergency in four months prompted a diplomatic row, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid accusing the Russian state of using Britain as a “dumping ground for poison”.

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

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down confirmed on Wednesday that the victims had been exposed to Novichok.

“Following further tests of samples from the patients, we now know that they were exposed to the nerve agent after handling a contaminated item,” the Metropolitan Police said.

Novichok investigation stretches from Salisbury to Swindon

  Novichok investigation stretches from Salisbury to Swindon Police seized a car some 40 miles from the city where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned.Wiltshire Police said on Monday night the vehicle was removed from an address in the town some 40 miles from Salisbury where a former Russian spy and his daughter were first poisoned with Novichok.

Men in hazmat suits cover the bench where the Skripals were poisoned in March (PA). Doctors identified similar symptoms to Novichok poisoning in the two latest victims . Investigators in protective gear pursue the probe into the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal.

Hitmen who poisoned five people in Wiltshire with military-grade Novichok may be identified within months, security minister Ben Wallace said today. Personnel in hazmat suits work to secure a tent covering a bench in the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, where former Russian double agent

(PA Graphics) © Press Association (PA Graphics)

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

“Meticulous and systematic searches are under way at a number of sites.”

Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said he could not rule out more people falling ill (Steve Parsons/PA) © Press Association Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said he could not rule out more people falling ill (Steve Parsons/PA) Novichok remains highly toxic for a considerable period of time, so even the tiniest trace remaining in a container picked up by the victims could account for their severe illness.

The episode in Salisbury – the first use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War – sparked international outrage.

Mr Skripal and his daughter have since left hospital.

More than 400 items found in novichok investigation .
More than 400 exhibits, samples and items have been recovered by police investigating the Amesbury novichok poisoning. Searches are expected to continue for several weeks, if not months, as officers look for other possible sites or sources of contamination, as well as gather further evidence.Dawn Sturgess, 44, died a week ago after she apparently handled a bottle contaminated with the nerve agent in Amesbury, Wiltshire. Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_22fcbbe3-e658-4843-be09-92d418ca8fae").

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