British Police Hunt Object That May Have Poisoned Couple With Novichok

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A specialist team member in a military protective suit leaves the shelter in Salisbury. The two were dating and had reportedly been at a function Saturday afternoon at Amesbury Baptist Church.

So far, there is no evidence that the British couple visited any of the sites involved in the Skripal case. "Although, on the other hand, we have no information about what substance was used".

Salisbury District Hospital has treated all four victims.

The incident began to unfold on Saturday, when paramedics were called to the couple's home after Ms Sturgess appeared to have a seizure, foaming at the mouth and eventually collapsing.

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

Police initially assumed the couple had taken contaminated drugs, a claim immediately rejected by Hobson, saying that Sturgess "doesn't take drugs".

After several months in the hospital, both Sergei and Yulia have recovered, but many questions about the perpetrators and their motives remain.

He believes they must "have gone somewhere contaminated" in Salisbury. 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. A man was also present at the address at this time.

Ben Jordan, a friend, described Mr. Rowley as a scavenger who would pick up cigarette butts from the ground and often go through the trash cans outside charity shops in search of something he could use or sell.

Police say their operation following the poisoning of two more people with a nerve agent will take weeks and months to complete.

Police have cordoned off at least five different areas around where the poisonings occurred, though officials insist there's little threat to the general public.

PHE issued "highly precautionary advice" for anyone who visited those locations to wash worn clothes with a regular detergent at normal temperature and wipe items like phones and handbags.

Separately, Sergei Zheleznyak, deputy speaker of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, told state TV that the new poisoning incident in Britain looked like an attempt to spoil England soccer fans' positive perception of Russia.

The March attack prompted the biggest Western expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War as allies sided with Britain's view that Moscow was either responsible or had lost control of the nerve agent.

But Russia quickly hit back, denouncing Britain for playing "dirty political games" and demanding London apologise.

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

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