Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

British Novichok survivor Charlie Rowley regains consciousness: Salisbury District Hospital

Melinda Barton | 11 July, 2018, 13:39

We sincerely apologise if any offence was caused, especially to the families of Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, and understand the timing of the release of this product may have lacked sensitivity.

Mr Rowley was left in a critical condition and Dawn Sturgess was killed after they were poisoned by the substance.

The 45-year-old had been in a coma in intensive care since being rushed to hospital on Saturday June 30.

Police said the pair came into contact with the toxin after Sturgess handled a highly contaminated item in the town of Amesbury, just a few miles from Salisbury where nominally retired Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in March.

The UK government has blamed Russian Federation for the incident, but the authorities in the Motherland deny any involvement.

Sally Davies, Britan's chief medical adviser, also said the threat to the public is low but reinforced warnings to residents of Salisbury and Amesbury against touching stray containers, syringes, needles, cosmetics or similar objects.

"I would need a forensic link to be definitive, but this is a very rare substance banned by the global community and for there to be two separate distinct incidents in one, small English county is implausible to say the least".

The hospital said in a statement that "while this is welcome news, clearly we are not out of the woods yet".

The wide investigation is now a homicide inquiry. I would need a forensic link to be definitive.

But, he said, Novichok is a rare substance banned by the global community and for there to be two separate and distinct incidents in one small English county is "implausible to say the least".

But, he warned, it may never be possible to establish a definitive link.

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.

"But the brutal reality is that I can not offer you any reassurance or guarantee at this time". "Our focus and priority at this time is to identify and locate any container that we believe may be the source of the contamination".

"I am hoping Charlie recovers, and when he recovers he will be able to tell us and perhaps shed some light on it which will narrow our search dramatically".

He said no one else in the Amesbury and Salisbury region, where the couple lived in southwestern England, has shown any sign of Novichok poisoning.

A vehicle seized by men in camouflage gear and gas masks belongs to a paramedic and RAF hero who treated Ms Sturgess, locals say.

Ms Sturgess, who had a daughter aged 11 and two sons aged 19 and 23, had... The public should not be alarmed by this.