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US News Man poisoned by deadly nerve agent regains consciousness

01:25  11 july  2018
01:25  11 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

'Novichok dose could be active for 50 years'

  'Novichok dose could be active for 50 years' A dose of the nerve agent hunted by police in the Salisbury and Amesbury areas could be active for up to 50 years, police have said. The Metropolitan Police's head of counter-terror Neil Basu made the comments at a public meeting in Amesbury.He was asked if the novichok could be in a landfill site.In response, Assistant Commissioner Basu said: "If it is sealed in a container and it was in a landfill site it would effectively be safe because it would not be touched by anyone and it would last, probably, I've been told by scientists, 50 years.

British man Charlie Rowley, who was poisoned by the Novichok nerve agent 10 days ago, has regained consciousness but remains in critical condition. His partner Dawn Sturgess, who was also poisoned , died on Sunday.

The surviving victim of the Amesbury novichok poisoning has regained consciousness and experienced a “small but significant improvement to his condition”, a spokeswoman Dawn Sturgess, who died on Sunday after exposure to the nerve agent novichok. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

Firefighters in Amesbury: Firefighters with Breathing Apparatus arrive at the scene in Muggleton Road, Amesbury (Steve Parsons/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Firefighters with Breathing Apparatus arrive at the scene in Muggleton Road, Amesbury (Steve Parsons/PA)

A man left critically ill after being exposed to nerve agent Novichok has regained consciousness.

Charlie Rowley, 45, has made “a small but significant improvement” but still needs round-the-clock care, director of nursing at Salisbury District Hospital Lorna Wilkinson said.

The news came after the family of his partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, who died after being poisoned by the chemical weapon, paid tribute to the mother of three.

In a statement released through police her relatives said: “Dawn’s death has been devastating for us. Dawn will always be remembered by us as a gentle soul who was generous to a fault.

“She would do anything for anybody and those who knew Dawn would know that she would gladly give her last penny to somebody in need.

“She had the biggest of hearts and she will be dreadfully missed by both her immediate and wider family.”

The couple both fell ill in Amesbury, Wiltshire, on June 30 after it is believed they handled a vessel containing the deadly substance.

More than 400 items found in novichok investigation

  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").

LONDON (Reuters) - A British man poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent 10 days ago has regained consciousness and he is now in a critical but stable condition, Salisbury District Hospital said on Tuesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - A British man poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent 10 days ago has regained consciousness and he is now in a critical but stable condition, Salisbury District Hospital said on Tuesday.

On Tuesday Ms Wilkinson revealed that Mr Rowley’s condition had improved but “we are not out of the woods yet”.

“We have seen a small but significant improvement in the condition of Charlie Rowley. He is in a critical but stable condition, and is now conscious,” she said.

“While this is welcome news, clearly we are not out of the woods yet. Charlie is still very unwell and will continue to require specialist, round-the-clock care here at Salisbury District Hospital.”

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While the advice from Public Health England is that the risk to the public is low, Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies has warned everyone in the area not to pick up “any foreign object which could contain liquid or gel, in the interests of their own safety”.

A massive counter-terrorism police investigation has been launched into the Amesbury poisoning.

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  Skripal Novichok poisoning suspects ‘identified’ The news comes as an inquest is due to open for Dawn Sturgess, who died days after apparently coming into contact with Novichok from the same batch.Officers think several Russians were involved in the attempted murder of the former double agent and daughter Yulia in Salisbury and are looking for more than one suspect.

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The main line of inquiry is whether it is linked to the attempted murders of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in nearby Salisbury in March with the same nerve agent.

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. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls © Reuters 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. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the country’s most senior counter-terrorism police officer, said there would need to be a forensic link to definitively prove a connection.

But Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson waded in and directly blamed Russia for committing “an attack on British soil which has seen the death of a British citizen”.

Tributes have been left at Rollestone Street in Salisbury, where Ms Sturgess lived.

Forensic investigators, wearing protective suits, emerge from 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. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls © Reuters Forensic investigators, wearing protective suits, emerge from 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. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

One read: “We did not know you, we did not know your background. We do know we feel sad about what has happened to you.

“We feel very sad that your family will not see you again. You were having a nice day out with friends and it has ended in such a tragic situation.

“We are cross about the scathing comments. We don’t like how people have been. We are sending love to your family circle and friends.”

Central to the investigation are John Baker House, the supported-living accommodation where Ms Sturgess lived, Mr Rowley’s home in Amesbury, and Salisbury’s Queen Elizabeth Gardens, which remains cordoned off.

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