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Salisbury poisoning: Novichok cops admit they may never catch assassin

Salisbury poisoning: Novichok cops admit they may never catch assassin

Matthew Rowley visited sibling Charlie in hospital as he continued to recuperate following exposure to the nerve agent novichock.

The police officer leading the investigation into the latest Novichok poisoning in the United Kingdom has said he does not know if it will ever be possible to establish a definitive link between the most recent poisoning and that of Sergei and Yulia Skripal last March.

Basu, head of Scotland Yard's counter-terror division, said it was "implausible" to rule out any link between the two nerve agent incidents given their proximity. "He is in a critical but stable condition and is now conscious", the hospital said in a statement on Tuesday.

The vehicle was seized Monday from a residential street in Swindon, authorities said.

He said there is so far no definitive forensic proof that the Novichok that poisoned 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess and 45-year-old Charlie Rowley was the same batch used in March against ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Police on Monday said that Sturgess and Rowley must have been exposed to a "high dose" of the nerve agent and suspect that the couple "must have handled a container that we are now seeking". "Charlie is still very unwell". Then London pinned all the blame on Moscow, but Russian Federation repeatedly refuted all allegations about its involvement in the incident.

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In a statement, Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard Neil Basu said: "I would love to be able to stand here and say how we have identified and caught those responsible and how we are absolutely certain there are no traces of nerve agent left anywhere in the county."The brutal reality, however, is that I can not offer you any such assurances or guarantees at this time". Basu expressed sorrow for the death of Sturgess, who had three children.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, said: "I am grateful that the government has pledged £4.1m towards the costs incurred by Wiltshire Police during the investigation into the attack on Yulia and Sergei Skripal".

He said no one else in the Amesbury and Salisbury region, where the couple lived in southwestern England, has shown any sign of Novichok poisoning.

The pair fell ill at Rowley's home in Amesbury, near Salisbury, on 30 June. Moscow strongly denies any involvement.

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

Peskov said that linking Russian Federation to the poisoning would be "absurd". He said, "It's Britain's problem and the problem of how interested Britain is in a real investigation".