Published On: Sun, Jul 8th, 2018

Amesbury poisoning – Police officer in hospital for suspected Novichok poisoning | UK | News


The officer, who is thought to be with Wiltshire Police, is currently receiving treatment at Salisbury District Hospital.

The Salisbury hospital is a short distance from Amesbury where Charlie Rowley, 45, and his partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, fell ill after coming into contact with the potentially fatal substance last Saturday.

The pair remain in critical condition after they handled an item contaminated with the nerve agent.

The police officer first attended Great Western Hospital in Swindon before he was transferred to Salisbury, it is believed.

Forensic investigators are continuing to scour the area in Wiltshire for clues after the latest poisonings.

A Salisbury District Hospital spokesperson said: “A police officer attended Great Western Hospital this evening for medical advice in connection with the ongoing incident in Amesbury. There is nothing to suggest there is any wider risk to anyone at the hospital.

“The individual is now being taken to Salisbury District Hospital which has the ability to carry out the appropriate specialist tests.

“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.

“We would like to reiterate the advice from Public Health England that the risk to the wider public remains low.”

Officers are trawling through more than 1,300 hours of CCTV footage which has been gathered so far.

On Friday, investigators wore camouflage protective clothing as they visited the John Baker House assisted-living accommodation in Salisbury, where Ms Sturgess, a mother of three lives.

Officers have contacted key witnesses and are looking at other potential sites the pair could have visited in the lead-up to their hospitalisation.

A swab was taken from the outside of the Rollestone Street building, which is now heavily cordoned and lined by forensic tents.

Mr Rowley’s residence, where the couple fell ill, also had a heavy operational presence.

 

A theory which questions whether the couple accidentally found the container used to transport the harmful nerve agent in the attack against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March, is thought to be under investigation.

The Metropolitan Police said: “Due to the unique challenges involved with this operation, police activity is expected to take weeks and months to complete.

“The focus of the investigation remains identifying the source of the contamination as quickly as possible.”

Public Health England has repeated “highly precautionary advice” for those who have visited Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury; a property at John Baker House, Rolleston Street, Salisbury; a property on Muggleton Road, Amesbury; Boots the chemist, Stonehenge Walk, Amesbury, and the Baptist church on Raleigh Crescent, Amesbury.

 

PHE advised washing clothes worn with regular detergent at a normal temperature; wiping items such as phones and handbags with cleansing or baby wipes; and double-bagging items that are dry-clean only with further instructions to follow.

 



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