Novichok poisoning: Charlie Rowley's brother 'very surprised' by his quick recovery

Arturo Kim
July 23, 2018

Health authorities say his release does not create a risk to the public.

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

The Metropolitan Police, which is leading the investigation, refused to confirm the claim but the force had previously said the substance was found in a "small bottle". Sturgess, 44, died in the hospital on July 8.

The couple collapsed a few hours apart on June 30 at Mr Rowley's flat, in Amesbury, Wiltshire.

Britain blamed Russia for the poisoning of Skripal, a former military intelligence colonel who was jailed for betraying Russian agents to Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence service. Claiming that the substance used in the attack had been a Novichok-class nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, London rushed to accuse Russian Federation of being involved in the incident.

Police believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the novichok attack on the Skripals, it was reported this week.

"I was so thankful when they told me he had regained consciousness and was getting better and to talk to him on the phone at the hospital was such a relief", Matthew said.

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"I would also like to pay tribute to the staff at Salisbury District Hospital for the outstanding care and compassion they have shown to everyone involved in both this incident and the incident in March".

Ridley, the coroner, said samples taken from both Sturgess and Rowley tested positive for Novichok at Britain's defence research labs.

"The searches are part of the investigation to find out where Dawn and Charlie picked up what appears to have been a contaminated container disguised as a perfume bottle".

Last week, it was revealed that investigators had identified, from CCTV footage, Russian nationals that were suspects in the poisoning of the Skripals.

An inquest into the death of Sturgess opened on Thursday in Salisbury and was adjourned until a pre-inquest review on January 16, pending further investigation. They set out to determine the place, time and type of death, but do not apportion blame.

It was developed in secret by the Soviet Union during the Cold War in the 1980s as a means of countering U.S. defenses against chemical weapons, but was revealed to the world by former Soviet scientist and whistleblower Vil Mirzayanov.

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