Wiltshire couple poisoned by same nerve agent as ex-spy Sergei Skripal

Counter-terrorism police have confirmed that the couple taken ill at the weekend were poisoned by the same nerve agent used against the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, both in their mid-forties, were found unconscious at a house in Amesbury in Wiltshire on Saturday. They remain in a critical condition after being exposed to the substance Novichok.

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Police outside the house in Amesbury, Wiltshire

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Security Minister Ben Wallace MP told today’s Good Morning Britain that the Wiltshire couple exposed to Novichok show “no link” to the site of the Skripal attack.

He said: “These people at the moment show no link to the previous sites which were sealed off, or previously contaminated, or with the Skripals. They don’t show any of those links.

“What we do know is they have come in contact with Novichok.”

Wallace said he couldn’t rule out that other areas could be contaminated: “No. Because until we have pieced together minute-by-minute, day-by-day the murder of the Skripals, the advice we can give will be based on science probability and the facts we know at the moment, and that will obviously shape [the investigation], and that’s why precaution is a very important part of this process.”

Police outside the house in Amesbury, Wiltshire

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