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Deadly nerve agent novichok bottle found in victims home

Police have announced they have made a major breakthrough in the Amesbury Poisoning investigation after a small bottle of Novichok was found in the victims home.

Police are now checking if it is the same batch of novichok that poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in March,

The nerve agent killed Dawn Sturgess and left her boyfriend critically ill has been found in the house of Charlie Rowley.

Charlie Rowley is currently in a serious condition in hospital will once fit enough will be faced with questions from police as to how the nerve agent happened to be in his home address.

Tests have been carried out at Porton Down have confirmed that the substance within the bottle is novichok.

Police now want to know how it got there and why it was within the home address of Charlie Rowley.

Dawn Sturgess aged 44 must have come into contact with the nerve agent within Rowley’s home address after they visited Salisbury, Dawn was accused in the media of taking a drug overdose but had in fact been suffering the effects of novichok.

She fell critically ill and died days later. Police have already spoken to Rowley briefly about why the bottle was found within his house.

The death of Ms Sturgess, a mother-of-three, is being treated by police as murder.

Neil Basu, head of UK counter-terrorism policing, said: “This is clearly a significant and positive development.

“However, we cannot guarantee that there isn’t any more of the substance left and cordons will remain in place for some considerable time.

“This is to allow thorough searches to continue as a precautionary measure for public safety and to assist the investigation team.

“I also appreciate there is a lot of interest in this, however, we are not in a position to disclose any further details regarding the bottle at this stage.”

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