Amesbury Novichok poisoning: Couple exposed to nerve agent - Whisper Eye

Amesbury Novichok poisoning: Couple exposed to nerve agent

A man and woman found unconscious in Wiltshire were exposed to Novichok – the same nerve agent that poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, police say.

The couple, believed to be Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, fell ill at a house in Amesbury on Saturday and remain in a critical condition.

Police say no one else has presented with the same symptoms.

There was “nothing in their background” to suggest the pair were targeted, the Met Police said.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee later to discuss the developments.

On Saturday, paramedics were called twice to a house in Muggleton Road in Amesbury – first at 11:00 BST after Ms Sturgess collapsed, then later the same day, after Mr Rowley also fell ill.

Wiltshire Police said it was initially thought the two patients had been using heroin or crack cocaine from a contaminated batch of drugs.

The news that Novichok was to blame was announced following analysis at the defence research facility at Porton Down, Wiltshire.

Partners Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess spent Friday afternoon and evening visiting shops in Salisbury, the city where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned.

The following day Ms Sturgess, who is understood to be a mother of three, was taken away on a stretcher by an ambulance crew.

Friend Sam Hobson said she had appeared to have a fit and was “foaming at the mouth”.

Shortly after, Mr Rowley started “rocking against the wall”, said Mr Hobson.

“His eyes were wide open, glazed and pinpricked, and he was sweating, dribbling and making weird noises.”

Mr Hobson said the police and firefighters were in “hazard suits” and “cordoned it all off”.

Ms Sturgess’ father Stephen, 65 told whisper eye media team that the family found out she may have been poisoned by a nerve agent from TV news.

“We heard from the hospital on Sunday and we gave them Dawn’s GP details but we didn’t hear anything from the police.

“We know as much as the next person in the street.

We actually called the police station for information.”

 

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