Man poisoned by Novichok in England conscious, hospital officials say

  • Man poisoned by Novichok in England conscious, hospital officials say

Man poisoned by Novichok in England conscious, hospital officials say

When asked if Basu was looking for a "needle in a haystack" and he said, "That's why we need witnesses or intelligence", Sky News reports.

Meanwhile, British police said on Monday (Tuesday NZT) they believe the latest victims of poisoning by a nerve agent must have handled the material's container and been subjected to a "high dose" of the lethal poison.

Salisbury Hospital said overnight that Charlie Rowley has experienced a "small but significant improvement" and is now conscious.

The London police anti-terrorism department earlier stated that Sturgess and Rowley came into contact with Novichok - the same nerve agent that poisoned former Colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia this past March.

His partner, 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess, who was also exposed to the substance, died on Sunday.

They spent weeks in Salisbury District Hospital, where they underwent treatment for suspected exposure to the Russian-created nerve agent Novichok.

Wiltshire Police said the public "should not be alarmed by this", adding: "Those involved have the training and expertise to safely remove the vehicle".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was appalled and shocked by Sturgess's death and the interior minister, Sajid Javid, said the "desperately sad news only strengthens our resolve to find out exactly what has happened".

They also wished Charlie Rowley a "speedy recovery".

But he said he found it highly unlikely there was not a link to the attack, which the United Kingdom blames on Russian Federation.

Police officers guard a cordon in Salisbury, one of five locations in the city and Amesbury under investigation.

Detailed searches are continuing at Sturgess's address at John Baker House, Salisbury and Rowley's home in Muggleton Road, Amesbury, along with Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury.

Police are working to establish whether the Britons were exposed to the same poison used in the attack on the Skripals.

A Kremlin spokesman on Monday (Tuesday NZT) expressed condolences over Sturgess' death. Peskov added that such attacks present a danger not only inside the United Kingdom, but also in Europe as a whole.

Javid, who is chairing a meeting of the government's emergency committee on Monday, has said there were no plans at this stage for further sanctions against Russian Federation.

Moscow said London has declined its offers for a joint investigation into the poisonings.