Police issue stark Novichok warning as nerve agent source hunt continues

Police continue looking into the mystery

"He is in a critical but stable condition, and is now conscious".

Rowley, along with his partner, 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess, were exposed to Novichok - a military-grade nerve agent produced in the Soviet Union during the Cold War - on June 30 at a home in Amesbury, London's Metropolitan Police Service said.

Couple remains in critical condition after being poisoned by the same nerve agent as an ex-Russian spy.

The family also thanked the NHS and the team at Salisbury District Hospital who cared for Ms Sturgess for eight days after she was contaminated by Novichok.

Ms Sturgess died as a result of the exposure and her family have paid tribute to the mother of three, calling her "a gentle soul who was generous to a fault".

Wiltshire Police said last night the vehicle was removed from an address in the town some 40 miles from Salisbury where a former Russian spy and his daughter were first poisoned with Novichok.

Ms Sturgess lived in Salisbury, and the couple had been in the city before going to Mr Rowley's flat in nearby Amesbury on Friday 29 June.

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The Sturgess family added: "Our thoughts and prayers also go out to Charlie and his family and we wish Charlie a speedy recovery".

Yulia Skripal was discharged from hospital in April and her father was discharged in May. Russian officials have denied involvement.

A dose of the nerve agent hunted by police in the Salisbury and Amesbury areas could be active for up to 50 years, police have said.

It was confirmed on Wednesday by scientists at the UK's chemical laboratory Porton Down that Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley had been exposed to novichok.

The backdrop to this meeting was British but the issue was global as police issued a Novichok warning to the residents of Salisbury.

Dame Sally said it is "particularly important" for families to take care as the summer holidays begin for children.

A police cordon remains outside Charlie's house, while officers have also sealed off Rollestone Street in Salisbury, where Dawn had been living at John Baker House.

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