Novichok victim now conscious in hospital

Novichok victim now conscious in hospital

The Sturgess family added: "Our thoughts and prayers also go out to Charlie and his family and we wish Charlie a speedy recovery".

Earlier on Monday, Britain's top counter-terrorism officer said detectives were unable to say if the Novichok that poisoned Sturgess and a man who is in critical condition in a hospital was from the same batch that struck down the Skripals.

They had both been taken to hospital in the city of Amesbury on June 30.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said in a statement this morning that he would need a forensic link to be definite.

The British government has accused Russian Federation of being behind the attack on Mr Skripal, who settled in the United Kingdom after a spy swap.

"Dawn will always be remembered by us as a gentle soul who was generous to a fault", they said in a statement released by London's Metropolitan Police.

The wide investigation is now a homicide inquiry.

"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".

A police officer stands at a cordon around a public litter bin next to a supported housing project in Salisbury on July 5 after two people were exposed to Novichok nerve agent.

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

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of United Kingdom counter-terrorism policing, which is leading the investigation, said police are looking for a container contaminated with Novichok which the pair are believed to have handled.

"Our focus and priority is to find and identify any container that we think might be the source of this contamination", Basu said on Monday. "We will not be providing further commentary around our contact with Charlie".

They are working on the theory that Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley handled some sort of container which the nerve agent was in.

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.

Ms Sturgess, who had a daughter aged 11 and two sons aged 19 and 23, had...

Those locations are Muggleton Road, Boots pharmacy, and the Baptist church in Amesbury, and John Baker House and Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury.