Over 400 items found in United Kingdom nerve agent poison probe

Novichok

Novichok

His brother Matthew claims Charlie told him that the source of the nerve agent was a perfume bottle which he had picked up, according to the BBC. Sturgess died just over a week later.

On Friday detectives said the fatal Novichok dose came from bottle found at Mr Rowley's Amesbury house.

"Inquiries are under way to establish where the bottle came from and how it came to be in Charlie's house".

Novichok is the same Soviet-developed nerve agent that poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.

Britain blamed Russia for the attack against Mr Skripal, a former colonel in military intelligence who was jailed for betraying Russian agents to Britain's MI6 security service.

Sturgess, 44, and Rowley, 45, were sickened on June 30.

The Skripals survived and were released from a Salisbury hospital before Rowley and Sturgess were poisoned and taken there. British authorities took the father and daughter to a secret protected location.

Ewan Hope, the son of Ms Sturgess, said he wants her killer or killers to "get what they deserve".

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing in the United Kingdom, described the investigation process as "painstaking and vital work".

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Police warned searches of the area could last months.

"If you didn't drop it, then don't pick it up", officials said on Friday.

Investigators have not confirmed the perfume clai, but previously said the poison was found in a "small bottle" in Rowley's home.

While the risk of further poisonings remains "low", Basu said, "cordons will remain in place for some considerable time. This is to allow thorough searches to continue as a precautionary measure for public safety and to assist the investigation team", he said.

The UK has invited experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent. The organization has the power to assign blame for chemical weapons use.

The pair are believed to have handled the container used in the nerve agent attack.

Police activity outside poison victim Charlie Rowley's home in Amesbury, Wiltshire.

The British government previously blamed Russian Federation for Sergei Skripal's attempted murder, but Russian Federation denied such claims. The case led the United States and other countries to expel a large number of Russian diplomats.

On Friday, police reiterated advice from Public Health England for people in the area not to pick up unusual items - including cosmetics.

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