Nerve Agent Poisoning Victim Released from UK Hospital

Jul 25, 2018, 00:59
Nerve Agent Poisoning Victim Released from UK Hospital

Novichok poisoning victim Charlie Rowley was discharged from a British hospital on Friday as police continued to piece together how the nerve agent claimed the life of his partner Dawn Sturgess.

Ms Sturgess collapsed at her boyfriend Charlie Rowley's home in nearby Amesbury on June 30.

Friends of mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess, 44, who died last week after being exposed to the nerve agent in Salisbury, Wiltshire, have been interviewed at length by detectives anxious to discover where she found a bottle containing the nerve agent. Sturgess died on July 8 from Novichok poisoning while Rowley is still being treated at a hospital.

"Charlie has been through an appalling experience most of us could never imagine", Ms Wilkinson said.

Lorna Wilkinson, the director of nursing at Salisbury District Hospital, said Rowley, 45, had been discharged after making substantial progress in recent days.

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"This, in practice, means do not pick up containers, syringes, needles, cosmetics or similar objects, made of materials such as metal, plastic or glass", she said.

Public Health England medical director Paul Cosford has said Mr Rowley's discharge from hospital does not pose a risk to the public.

The police said that there was no hint that Rowley and Sturgess were targeted in a deliberate matter.

Britain and its allies blamed Russia for the attack in March on the Skripals, prompting the biggest Western expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War.

Both survived after being left critically ill in hospital.

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Officers think several Russians were involved in the attempted murder of the former double agent and daughter Yulia in Salisbury and are looking for more than one suspect. Police believe they came into contact with the substance via the door handle of Sergei Skripal's house.

When asked if the names of the suspects had been run past the Russian authorities, the Prime Minister's deputy official spokeswoman said: "This is an on-going complex investigation and I can't comment on the speculation around it".

British officials are "closing in on identifying the individuals they believe carried out the operation", according to the New York Times.

The PA reports that investigators believe Sturgess was exposed to 10 times the amount of Novichok as the Skripals.

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