Home of Novichok victim declared safe

Home of Novichok victim declared safe

The home of one of the victims of the Novichok poisonings has declared safe six months after Dawn Sturgess fatally sprayed the nerve agent on her wrists there.  

The flat at Muggleton Road in Amesbury, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, was the former residence of Charlie Rowley.

Mr Rowley, 45, was left critically ill and his partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, died in hospital in July after they came into contact with a perfume bottle believed to have been used in the attack three months earlier on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33.

The Skripals survived the attack which Prime Minister Theresa May said had “almost certainly” been approved by the Russian state.

The South Wiltshire Recovery Coordinating Group said the first floor flat had been declared safe by Defra following extensive cleaning and testing by specialist teams and handed back to its owners, Stonewater Housing.

There is now just one remaining site – the home of Mr Skripal at Christie Miller Road in Salisbury – still undergoing decontamination.

Work resumed earlier this month to dismantle and replace the house and garage roofs of the property.

Detectives believe Mr Skripal and his daughter first came into contact with the poison when it was sprayed on the door handle of the house.

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