United Kingdom police say Novichok poisoning investigation will take months

United Kingdom police say Novichok poisoning investigation will take months

British police scoured sections of Salisbury and Amesbury in southwest England on Friday, searching for a small vial feared to be contaminated with traces of the deadly nerve agent Novichok.

Two people in Amesbury, England, have been poisoned by the same nerve agent that almost killed a former Russian spy and his daughter earlier this year.

In a statement about the police officer, a spokesman for the hospital said: 'Salisbury District Hospital has seen a number of members of the public who have come to the hospital with health concerns since this incident started and none have required any treatment.

Wallace and other government ministers have asked Russia for answers, repeating accusations that the Russian government was involved in the Skripal poisoning that have been consistently denied by Moscow.

He said it has not yet been possible to ascertain whether the nerve agent is from the same batch of Novichok.

Speaking to journalists, Assistant Commissioner of Specialist Operations Neil Basu of the Metropolitan Police said he had received test results from the British chemical weapons research establishment at the Porton Down laboratory which confirmed the two victims, who have not been formally identified, were "exposed to the nerve agent Novichok". "This, of course, fully dissonates with what the British authorities and the British media are saying about Russian Federation". United Kingdom authorities quickly attributed their condition to exposure to "Novichok" - the substance the United Kingdom claims was used to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March this year.

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Police from 40 departments in England and Wales returned home in June after months working on the Skripal case, and specially trained workers have spent months decontaminating sites around the city.

The couple both fell ill after "handling a contaminated item" and remain in a critical condition, Scotland Yard said. The UK rushed to accuse Russian Federation of being involved, while failing to furnish any evidence.

One theory understood to be under investigation is whether the pair inadvertently found the container used to transport the nerve agent in the Skripal attack.

In Amesbury, they include Mr Rowley's home in Muggleton Road, a branch of Boots and the Baptist Centre. The British Home Secretary has demanded that Russian Federation explain how a nerve agent that only its government reportedly had access to has shown up a second time on British soil.

What hasn't been determined yet is how and why these two people were poisoned.

Michelle Jordan, a local resident in Amesbury, says she's had to tell her two children not to touch anything when they go to the park and to wash their hands.