Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Nerve agent victim released from UK hospital after poisoning

Nerve agent victim released from UK hospital after poisoning

"Charlie Rowley, 45, who was also exposed to the substance, remains in a critical condition in hospital, police said".

It is thought Ms Sturgess sprayed the Novichok straight on to her skin as it is understood she was exposed to at least 10 times the amount of nerve agent the Skripals came into contact with.

Experts have scoured several areas of Amesbury and Salisbury where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned earlier this year, in a bid to find out how they fell ill.

Rowley was taken to hospital on June 30 along with Dawn Sturgess, 44, who died Tuesday.

As it turned out, while walking down the street Rowley and Sturgess found a bottle, which they thought was perfume.

Ms Sturgess later died on 8 July and a murder inquiry has been launched.

The New York Times previously reported that British investigators believed the father and daughter were likely poisoned by current or former agents of Russia's military intelligence service, known as the GRU.

The poisoning of the Skripals had prompted almost 30 countries to expel more than 150 Russian diplomats in solidarity with the United Kingdom after it blamed Russia for plotting the attack.

"They [the investigators] are sure they [the suspects] are Russian", said the source, adding security camera images had been cross checked with records of people who entered the country.

"I am pleased to confirm that earlier today, Charlie Rowley was discharged from hospital", Lorna Wilkinson, Director of Nursing, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, said in a statement.

They have since been discharged from hospital.

Rowley's brother Matthew told the BBC that the 45-year-old had told him that Novichok was contained in a perfume bottle. "We did this both to help them get better and ensure there would be no remaining contamination".

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will analyse the substance before reporting back its conclusions.

In English law, inquests are held to examine violent, unnatural or unexplained deaths.

It is noted that work in the toilets located in the Park Gardens of Queen Elizabeth, began on Friday, and on Saturday morning proceeded.

Britain blamed Russian Federation for the poisonings and identified the poison as Novichok, a deadly group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s.

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