United Kingdom police say they've spoken to surviving nerve-agent victim

Frederick Owens
July 11, 2018

As the investigation continued today, Salisbury hospital's director of nursing, Lorna Wilkinson, said Mr Rowley had progressed overnight and is now in a "serious, but stable" condition, rather than critical.

Charlie Rowley, 45, woke up Tuesday at Salisbury Hospital in London.

"Dawn will always be remembered by us as a gentle soul who was generous to a fault", they said in a statement released by London's Metropolitan Police.

Police seized a auto in the large town of Swindon as part of their probe into the death of 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess, who was exposed to Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent produced in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Assistant Comissioner Neil Basu said it was still not possible to definitively link the alleged murder of Ms Sturgess and poisoning of Mr Rowley with the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in March.

A Bristol distillery has apologised for launching a vodka named Novichok a day before the substance killed victim Dawn Sturgess in Amesbury.

He confirmed that investigators had seized a bus which the couple travelled on, as well as a red Transit van which Mr Rowley used, and had tested them for contamination.

Charlie Rowley, who has been in hospital since falling ill in Amesbury on 30 June, is in a critical but stable condition.

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The Kremlin said it was sorry to hear of Ms Sturgess's death but called the suggestion that Russian Federation was involved "absurd".

However officials have said there is no evidence the pair visited any of the sites in Salisbury which were decontaminated after the attack on the Skripals.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the Skripal case and suggested the British security services carried out the attack to stoke anti-Moscow hysteria, an assertion London calls absurd.

The backdrop to this meeting was British but the issue was global as police issued a Novichok warning to the residents of Salisbury.

Six locations visited by the couple have been cordoned off, including Mr Rowley's home on Muggleton Road in Amesbury, a Boots shop and a baptist church.

"This is particularly important as families are starting to prepare for their children's summer holidays".

The vehicle was seized Monday from a residential street in Swindon, authorities said.

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