When the Conservative Daily Post wrote about the poisoning in the U.K. by means of nerve agents, fingers pointed at Theresa May, and today’s news from the Associated Press won’t help her any. British detectives who have been investigating the matter that took place “in Novichok in southwestern England” have revealed that a bottle found in one of the victim’s homes tested positive for the dreaded substance.
Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45, were both made ill on June 30 in their Salisbury dwelling, which is strikingly close to where the former Russian spy was and his daughter was poisoned with Novichok last March. Sturgess died in the hospital on Sunday Rowley, though admitted in critical condition, did regain consciousness. The public has been cautioned to avoid all items from the area, as well.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that during a search of Rowley’s house on Wednesday, the deadly agent was found. Rowley has been interviewed by officers now that consciousness has been regained.
Police have no idea where the bottle came from nor how it wound up at the house. Tests are being done, however, to see if this was the “same batch” of toxins that was used to kill “Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March.”
Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu refused to give any more information regarding the bottle. More than 100 officers have searched and scoured the area “in the towns of Amesbury, where they lived, and Salisbury, where the Skripals were poisoned.” Basu did say that the cordons would remain in some locations so that the public’s safety will be assured.
“This is clearly a significant and positive development. However, we cannot guarantee that there isn’t any more of the substance left,” the commissioner said, explaining the reason for the continued caution. “This is to allow thorough searches to continue as a precautionary measure for public safety and to assist the investigation team.”
Englands Foreign Office has allowed the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to collect samples, and that organization has the power to place blame.
The toxin was made in the former Soviet Union during the grim days of the Cold War. Prime Minister Theresa May blamed Russia (and the reputation that “Poisoning Putin” already has didn’t help), but the Kremlin has denied the accusation.
Russian diplomats were sent packing after the poisoning in the U.S. and even now, those in the area are told to not pick up “strange objects.”
Now that blame can be gathered based on the bottle found, the outcome of this should prove very interesting, to say the least.