FEARS have been sparked Novichok nerve agent could kill in the UK again as cops today admitted “more may be out there”.
The chilling revelation comes as poison victim Charlie Rowley said the bottle he and his late partner came into contact with was sealed.
Initially it was thought the perfume bottle – which contained the substance that killed Dawn Sturgess and left Charlie seriously unwell – was the same nerve agent used to target an ex-Russian spy in March.
But Charlie told ITV News he picked up a sealed container in Salisbury, or in nearby Amesbury, before giving it to Dawn.
He revealed he had to cut into the bottle before Dawn sprayed the “perfume” on her wrists – meaning it could be separate to the Novichok used on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
The pair were poisoned in Salisbury months ago in a case of attempted murder – but with no confirmation the nerve agent used on them has been found, it means more poison could still be in the public domain.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS: How Novichok spread through Salisbury
Saturday, 3 March
- Around 2.40pm, Yulia arrives at Heathrow Airport on a flight from Russia.
Sunday, 4 March
- Sergei’s car is seen in the area of London Road, Churchill Way North and Wilton Road about 9.15am
- About 1.30pm, Sergei’s car is seen being driven down Devizes Road, towards the town centre.
- Ten minutes later, Sergei and Yulia arrive in Sainsbury’s upper level car park at the Maltings. At some time after this, they go to the Bishops Mill Pub in the town centre.
- They dine at Zizzi Restaurant about 2.40pm.
- They leave Zizzi Restaurant about an hour later.
- Emergency services receive a report from a member of the public at 4.15pm and police arrive at the scene within minutes, where they find Sergei and Yulia extremely ill on a park bench near the restaurant.
Friday, June 29
- At around 12.20pm Charlie Rowley and Dawn Strugess are together at John Baker House in Salisbury.
- They then leave that venue and visit a number of shops in Salisbury before going to Queen Elizabeth Gardens.
- They return to John Baker House at around 4.20pm before catching a bus to Amesbury at approximately 10.30pm.
- The couple are then believed to have spent the night at an address on Muggleton Road, Amesbury.
Saturday, June 30
- At 10.15am, the South West Ambulance Service are called to an address on Muggleton Road, where Sturgess had been taken ill, and she was subsequently taken to hospital. Rowley was also present at the address at this time.
- At around midday, Rowley visits Boots the chemist on Stonehenge Walk in Amesbury and then returns to his address in Muggleton Road around half an hour later.
- At around 1.45pm Rowley visits the Amesbury Baptist Centre on Butterfield Drive and again returns home at around 3pm.
- At 6.20pm the South West Ambulance Service are called back to the address on Muggleton Road and Rowley is also taken to hospital.
Sunday July 8
- Police confirm Dawn has passed away, sparking a murder probe
Friday, July 13
- Cops reveal they found a bottle of Novichok inside the home of Salisbury victim Charlie Rowley
This evening Deputy Chief Constable for Wiltshire Police Paul Mills told Sky News: “I cannot guarantee there is not something else out there”.
It comes after Charlie’s first interview since regaining consciousness where he described the bottle as glass, with a plastic dispenser lid.
He said: “It was all sealed. It was all new.
“Yes, separate so you had to remove the bottle from the cellophane wrapper and put the pump dispenser on the bottle.
“I had to cut [the plastic] open. I thought it was quite safe and thought Dawn recognised the product. It’s very strange.
“It was quite scary to think something could be disguised in that manner and left to be found by the public.”
The Amesbury man described the moment Dawn unknowingly applied nerve agent he gave her to her wrists and died days later.
Charlie said of that day: “It wasn’t until that morning I showed it [the perfume] to her and gave it to Dawn and showed it to her and she recognised the bottle and product as a known brand and I thought I was doing nothing more of it than giving her a gift.
“Within 15 mins Dawn said she had a headache. She asked me if I had any headache tablets.
Charlie Rowley’s tribute to his partner Dawn Sturgess – killed by Novichok
“Dawn was a lovely lady. She had a big heart and she would help anyone she could.
“She’s just a wonderful woman. Yeah. Wonderful woman.
“Dawn was a loving, caring mother.
“She had so much time for her daughter and her two boys.
“She was a very caring, loving woman.
“We had our ups and downs like most people do but yes, I couldn’t fault her.”
“I had a look around the flat. In that time she said she felt peculiar and needed to lie down in the bath.
“At the time I thought it seemed a bit strange and I went into the bathroom and found her in the bath, fully clothed, in a very ill state.”
A day later Dawn was dead, and cops had launched a murder probe, while Charlie remained seriously unwell in hospital.
He was told mum-of-three Dawn had died when he eventually regained consciousness, and said: “It was all too much to take on board. Too much. I was told too much all at once. It was too much to take on board.
“I was still ill at the time. I couldn’t piece together…It took time to piece together I’d sent Dawn to hospital prior to me being ill.
“It took time to process. I was so ill I didn’t even know who Dawn was at that point.”
He said they had been out in Salisbury the night before they become unwell, and he could have found the bottle in the city, or in Amesbury.
The grieving man admitted he has a habit of finding things, but said the gift he gave Dawn on June 30 was “a bad find”.
He told of his memory of her spraying the contents of the bottle onto her wrists and rubbing them together.
Charlie also got some on his hand, but rubbed the “oily” substance off under the tap.
He said: “I spilled it. My hands were covered in the stuff. It was an oily substance with very little odour. It made me think…I didn’t think at the time.
“I just washed it off very quickly. I didn’t put two and two together at all.
“When the police came round…when I came round weeks after, and the police mentioned a bottle they’d found in the flat, they run tests on it and I can pretty much guarantee that the contents in the bottle was perfume and it was nothing to worry about and they run tests on it and I was in complete shock when they told me it was Novichok.”
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Later, after paramedics had rushed Dawn to hospital, Charlie said he began to foam at the mouth before a pal called 999, and his memory stops.
He warned people not to pick up anything they might find in public, and added he is “very angry at the whole incident”.
He paid tribute to Dawn, and her relationship with her children, as he spoke of his guilt over accidentally giving her the poison.
Work is well underway to work out if the nerve agent which killed Dawn Sturgess, and left her partner Charlie seriously ill, came from the same batch used on Sergei and Yulia.
About 100 detectives from the Counter Terrorism Policing Network have been drafted in to work on the probe, with Wiltshire Police.
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