Posted on July 5, 2018
Two people who collapsed at a house in the town of Amesbury, in Wiltshire, last weekend were poisoned by Novichok – the same military grade nerve agent that was used against ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March. The pair, believed to be Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, are now critically ill in hospital. Police say there’s nothing in their background to suggest they were deliberately targeted, so how did this happen? That’s the key question police and public health officials are now trying to answer. Amesbury is just seven miles from Salisbury, where the Skripals were attacked – and where millions of pounds have been spent to clear up any trace of the highly dangerous chemical. BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera says some may have been left over in a place authorities were unaware of – a park perhaps or a house.