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Litvinenko inqury: Radiation 'at highest levels where suspect stayed'

A police officer investigating the poisoning of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko has said the highest levels of radioactive contamination were recorded at the hotel where one of the prime suspects was staying.

Detective Inspector Craig Mascall told the public inquiry into Mr Litvinenko's death that traces of radioactivity were found throughout the Sheraton Park Lane hotel and in Andrei Lugovoi's room.

Mr Lugovoi, and Dmitri Kovtun deny any involvement in Litvinenko's death in 2006.

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Son of Litvinenko 'was hit hard' by father's death

Alexander Litvinenko's son told an inquiry into his death that he "never truly believed" his father would die and that he was "hit hard" by the news.

Twenty-year-old Anatoly Litvinenko was 12 when his father died. He told the court, "Before this point I never truly believed my father would die. I was young and optimistic and I thought he would recover."

A court sketch of Anatoly Litvinenko, the son of Alexander Litvinenko. Credit: ITV News/Priscilla Coleman

He told the inquiry that his father's death "hit me hard, but at the same time I felt quite numb ... It was very painful to look at him in the state he was in."

"I understood why he disliked Russia. I understood why he liked England and I understood his sentiments towards Chechnya," Anatoly added.

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