Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

United Kingdom man exposed to deadly Novichok agent regains consciousness

United Kingdom man exposed to deadly Novichok agent regains consciousness

Salisbury Hospital said overnight that Charlie Rowley has experienced a "small but significant improvement" and is now conscious.

"While this is welcome news, clearly we are not out of the woods yet", the statement said, according to the BBC.

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: "Officers from the investigation team have spoken briefly to Charlie and will be looking to further speak with him in the coming days as they continue to try and establish how he and Dawn came to be contaminated with the nerve agent".

Police are now searching for a "contaminated item" that could have exposed the pair to the nerve agent, which is the same substance found in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripel and his daughter Yulia in nearby Salisbury.

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

More news: David Davis warns United Kingdom giving away too much in Brexit talks

Mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess, 44, died on Sunday evening after falling ill in Amesbury on 30 June.

The father and daughter have recovered since their March 4 poisoning.

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

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.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the Skripal case and suggested the British security services carried out the attack to stoke anti-Moscow hysteria, an assertion London calls absurd.

More news: With FIFA World Cup title, France could launch a dynasty

"But the brutal reality is that I can not offer you any reassurance or guarantee at this time".

Head of counter-terrorism of the Metropolitan Police, Neil Basu, made the comments while holding a public meeting in the English town of Amesbury Tuesday, the Guardian reports.

Basu said Tuesday police have found no forensic link between the two cases, and it was possible that a link would never be established, the Guardian reports.

Six locations visited by the couple have been cordoned off, including Mr Rowley's home on Muggleton Road in Amesbury, a Boots shop and a baptist church.

Ms Sturgess has since died in hospital. She had two sons, aged 19 and 23, and an 11-year-old daughter.

More news: Harry and Meghan due in Dublin for two-day visit

The UK's top anti-terror police office said on Wednesday that he could not guarantee those responsible for the poisonings will be caught.

Like this: