Fatal Novichok dose ‘came from bottle’ in victim’s house

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Charlie Rowley remains at Salisbury District Hospital after regaining consciousness earlier this week

Novichok that poisoned a couple in Wiltshire came from a small bottle found in the home of one of the victims, police say.

A bottle found at Charlie Rowley’s Amesbury house was tested by scientists at Porton Down, the Met Police said.

Mr Rowley, 45, remains in hospital in Salisbury after being poisoned on 30 June. His partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, died last weekend.

Further tests will now be carried out, the force said.

Scientists at the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory are still trying to establish whether the Novichok found at Mr Rowley’s house came from the same batch of the substance that contaminated Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.

Cordons remain

The bottle containing the deadly substance was found during a search of Mr Rowley’s house on Wednesday.

Police said they were still trying to find out where the bottle came from, and why it ended up in the house.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of UK Counter Terrorism Policing, said it was “clearly a significant and positive development”.

“However, we cannot guarantee that there isn’t any more of the substance left and cordons will remain in place for some considerable time,” he added.

“This is to allow thorough searches to continue as a precautionary measure for public safety and to assist the investigation team.”

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