British Novichok survivor Charlie Rowley regains consciousness: Salisbury District Hospital

13 July, 2018, 20:09 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess

A British man who was poisoned with a nerve agent is no longer in critical condition, an official at the London hospital that is treating the victim said Wednesday.

Sturgess died at Salisbury District Hospital, the same facility that nursed the critically ill Skripals.

Basu, who is national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing, told residents of Amesbury he would "love to be able to say that we have identified and caught the people responsible and how we are certain there are no traces of nerve agent left anywhere in Wiltshire, but the brutal reality is that I can not offer you any reassurance or guarantee at this time".

Russian Federation has committed an attack that resulted in the death of a Briton, defense minister Gavin Williamson said on Monday, linking Russian Federation to the incident after a 44-year-old woman who was poisoned by nerve agent Novichok died.

Those behind nerve agent poisonings in England have not been identified and police can not guarantee there are no more traces of Novichok still in England, Britain's top counter-terrorism policeman said on Wednesday.

"The brutal fact is we don't know where they found it".

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.

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.

On Monday British police could not guarantee that the presence of the deadly nerve agent Novitchok would not lead to anothervictim.


A massive counter-terrorism police investigation has been launched into how Dawn, who died on Sunday night, and Charlie were contaminated by the chemical weapon.

Ms Sturgess's death is now being treated as murder.

"However, if there is anyone who saw them or met with them who we haven't already spoken to, I would urge them to contact police on 0800 789 321".

Basu said the severe reaction of Sturgess and Rowley meant they must have received a high dose of Novichok.

Mr Basu also said that the "brutal reality" is that he can not say with certainty that there are no traces of nerve agent left anywhere in Wiltshire.

However, he said that it was "implausible" for there to be no connection between two incidents.

Police initially thought Rowley and Sturgess had consumed a contaminated batch of illegal drugs but their symptoms prompted further testing which confirmed Novichok poisoning.

Public Health England also offered advice for people who may have visited one of five areas identified by police.

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