Sajid Javid says risk from latest Novichok poisoning is low

Sajid Javid says risk from latest Novichok poisoning is low

This is the second major investigation involving the nerve agent Novichok, after Sergei and Yulia Skripal fell in earlier in March this year.

A couple who has fallen critically ill in England is at the center of a widening investigation into whether they were exposed to a Soviet-era nerve agent that previously sickened a former Russian spy and his daughter in a nearby town.

The latest victims of the poison were named by their friend Sam Hobson, 29, as Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess.

"It is completely unacceptable for our people to be either deliberate or accidental targets, or for our streets, our parks, our towns to be dumping grounds for poison", Javid said.

Britain demanded answers from Russia on Thursday after a couple was exposed to the same nerve agent used on a former Russian spy and his daughter in an attempted murder blamed on Moscow.

The couple's symptoms were the same as those of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, who were poisoned in March.

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.

Cara Charles-Barks, the chief executive of Salisbury District Hospital, said both of the patients remained in a critical condition.

Peskov noted Britain has rejected Russia's offer for a joint probe, adding that "the British side has not presented any evidence of Russia's involvement in this, besides unfounded accusations".

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Now that British investigators have determined that the agent used was Novichok, they are now trying to determine whether or not it's from the same batch.

Police are still scouring for traces of the potentially deadly nerve agent in an operation that is expected to last for weeks.

Britain accused Russian Federation of poisoning Skripal with Novichok nerve agent, the first known offensive use of such a chemical weapon on European soil since World War Two.

Security minister Ben Wallace has said one possibility is that the two may have been affected as a "consequence of the previous attack" in March.

Experts say just a few milligrams of the odourless Novichok liquid - the weight of a snowflake - is enough to kill a person within minutes.

He also briefly met some residents inside the police cordon, but others said they were disappointed he did not talk with them.

Around 5pm: Officer attends the ED at GWH seeking help "in connection with the ongoing incident at Amesbury". And the British government owed Russian Federation an apology, she said.

In Amesbury, they include Mr Rowley's home in Muggleton Road, a branch of Boots and the Baptist Centre.

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