Novichok victim discharged from British hospital

Saul Bowman
July 25, 2018

Novichok attack victim Charlie Rowley, 45 has been discharged from Salisbury District Hospital three weeks after being poisoned by the deadly nerve agent.

He added it was implausible that the poisonings and the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury in March were separate.

"We continue to think both of Charlie and of Dawn's family, and support them as they go through the hard process of coming to terms with her death", she said.

Investigators said last week that they had identified the small bottle found in Rowley's home as the source of the poison.

Russian Federation has strongly denied involvement in the Skripal attack, sparking a row that has led to tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions between Britain and its allies and Moscow.

Lorna Wilkinson, director of nursing at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, said: "I am pleased to confirm that earlier today, Charlie Rowley was discharged from hospital".

Paul Cosford of Public Health England said it was safe for Rowley to leave hospital.

Nerve agent victim Charlie Rowley was contaminated when a bottle containing Novichok broke in his hand, his brother has claimed.

Charlie Rowley, 45, whose partner, Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after exposure to the same substance 12 days ago, poses no contamination risk to the community.

Matthew Rowley, who lives in Warminster, Wiltshire, told MailOnline: 'My brother told me that he remembered that Dawn had sprayed the perfume on both her wrists.

Kier Pritchard of Wilshire Police said on Twitter on Friday afternoon.

Prime Minister Theresa May tells the House of Commons that the nerve agent is of Russian origin and the Government has concluded it is "highly likely" that Russia is responsible for the poisoning.

The police found no evidence that Rowley and Sturgess ever talked with the ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons earlier this week said its inspectors had collected samples in the Amesbury case and were analysing them.

According to reports from U.S security officials, police have recovered grainy CCTV images of persons of the possible Kremlin-backed assignation squad who inadvertently killed Dawn.

Police are believed to have identified the suspects behind the March attack.

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