Amesbury poisoning: Novichok investigation spreads to Swindon as vehicle seized

Amesbury poisoning: Novichok investigation spreads to Swindon as vehicle seized

Police have said their working theory is that the couple's exposure to the poison was linked to a recent attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

A statement from the Counter Terrorism Policing Network said: "The bus that Dawn and Charlie travelled on, on Friday night was identified and seized by Wiltshire Police on Wednesday 4 July - initially as a precautionary measure to check and ensure there was no risk to the public".

Wiltshire Police tweeted on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time) that the vehicle was being "safely" removed and reminded the public that the risk of contamination with the agent was low.

"We sincerely apologize if any offence was caused, especially to the families of Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, and understand the timing of the release of this product may have lacked sensitivity", the company said in a statement, quoted by the Bristol Post. "Charlie is still very unwell".

It is thought that Mr Rowley and Ms Sturgess were exposed to novichok 10 days ago through a contaminated item left behind after the attack on the Skripals.

British officials have demanded answers from Moscow for the latest poisoning.

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"Her death has only served to strengthen the resolve of the investigations team", he said, saying the immediate police priority is to find any container that may be the source of the Novichok.

Davies reiterated earlier advice that the "threat to the public is unchanged" and remains low and said that people could continue to use the areas that were cleaned and released back to the public. The search is focused on their homes and a park in Salisbury. Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning of the Skripals, but Russian Federation has denied involvement.

A Kremlin spokesman on Monday (Tuesday NZT) expressed condolences over Sturgess' death.

The family of Ms Sturgess did not comment on the investigation and said they wanted people to 'stop speculating about Dawn and what has happened'.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that linking Russian Federation to the poisoning would be 'absurd'.

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