Britain demands answers from Russian Federation over second nerve agent poisoning

NewsTwo people fighting for life in new suspected poisoning near Skripal crime scene Ben Gelblum

NewsTwo people fighting for life in new suspected poisoning near Skripal crime scene Ben Gelblum

In the early hours, police declare a "major incident" after revealing that the couple have been exposed to an "unknown substance".

Wiltshire police say two people are in hospital in a serious condition.

Amesbury is located 11 kilometres north of Salisbury, where former Russian Federation spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found slumped unconscious on a bench on March 4.

Javid said it is likely that the pair came into contact with it at a different site from Yulia and her father Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence. They say they still don't know what their long-term prognosis is.

He went on: "The hostel (where Ms Sturgess lived) now becomes a crime scene and they will treat that with the utmost respect".

Salisbury came under intense scrutiny when the Skripals fell victim to poisoning by the nerve agent Novichock.

Assistant Commissioner of Specialist Operations Neil Basu said that "around 100 detectives" from the Counter Terrorism Policing Network (CTPN) were working on the investigation.

The unexpected poisoning of the couple has raised public concerns in the Salisbury area.

Various sites visited by the couple in Amesbury and Salisbury during Friday and Saturday are cordoned off by police.

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It's not clear whether the park that's been cordoned off is the same park the Skripals were found in, although the ABC's London Bureau chief Lisa Millar says it was a park "the couple had been in".

A Public Health England (PHE) spokesman said: "The current advice from PHE England, based upon the number of casualties affected, is that it is not believed that there is a significant health risk to the wider public".

In a blistering attack on Russia, Home Secretary Sajid Javid demanded the Kremlin provide an explanation for the two episodes.

The Cobra national security committee, including senior government officials and cabinet ministers, met on Wednesday to discuss the developing case, which was being "treated with the utmost seriousness".

"It's very hard to say how it would be linked unless you know something about the people who've become the casualties", Major General Chip Chapman, former head of counter-terrorism for the Ministry of Defence, said.

"That is a theory, but it's speculation at the moment", he said.

"There is nothing in their background to suggest that at all".

According to a local media report published on Saturday evening, almost a dozen emergency service vehicles arrive in the Muggleton Road area shortly after 6.30pm and one person is taken to hospital. Now, the plight of civilians Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45, of nearby Amesbury has unwittingly revealed that more Novichok may be out there.

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