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British police verify supply of Novichok poisoning

LONDON — British detectives investigating the poisoning of two individuals by the nerve agent Novichok in southern England say scientists have discovered the supply of the lethal substance. One of many victims, 44-year-old Daybreak Sturgess, died in a hospital Sunday after publicity to the nerve agent. Her accomplice, 45-year-old Charlie Rowley, was in vital situation, however has since regained consciousness.

The Metropolitan Police mentioned in a information launch Friday small bottle discovered throughout searches of Rowley’s home Wednesday was examined and scientists confirmed the substance within the bottle was Novichok.

“That is clearly a major and optimistic growth. Nonetheless, we can’t assure that there’s no extra of the substance left and cordons will stay in place for some appreciable time,” Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu mentioned in an announcement.

Police are nonetheless wanting into the place the bottle got here from and the way it got here to be in Rowley’s home. Additional exams shall be carried out to determine whether or not it’s from the identical batch that contaminated Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March. 

Practically 100 detectives from the Counter Terrorism Policing Community are investigating the case alongside Wiltshire Police, the discharge mentioned.

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