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Novichok warning: 'Do not pick up strange items'

Investigators in chemical suits work behind screens erected in Rollestone Street, Salisbury. Credit: PA Wire/PA Images (Yui Mok/PA)

Public Health England (PHE) has released a statement following the doscovey of a bottle of Novichok at Charlie Rowley's house.

The organisation says it has not seen any further cases of illness linked to the Amesbury incident, which has left 45-year-old Rowley recovering in hospital, while his partner, Dawn Sturgess, 44, passed away on Sunday.

However, PHE are warning people to not pick up any strange items.

In response to the latest police statement on the current situation in Amesbury and Salisbury the risk to the public remains low. We have not seen any further cases of illness linked to this incident.

As a precaution Public Health England continues to strongly advise the public not to pick up any strange items such as syringes, needles, cosmetics or similar objects made of materials such as metal, plastic or glass.

The advice remains “if you didn’t drop it, then don’t pick it up”.

– Public Health England Spokesperson


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