'Unknown substance' leaves two people in critical condition in England

Parts of Salisbury had only been reopened two months ago after the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal

The case is eerily similar to that of Sergei Skripal and his adult daughter, Yulia, who are still recovering after lengthy treatment.

Counter-terrorism officers are now involved in the investigation of an incident near the southwestern English city of Salisbury which has left two people in critical condition, London's police force said on Wednesday.

British investigators have descended upon a small English town to find out how two seemingly random individuals were exposed to the same Soviet-era nerve agent that almost killed a former Russian double agent and his daughter earlier this year.

Police did not name the couple, but friends have identified the man as Charlie Rowley and the woman as Dawn Sturgess. Russian Federation denied any role in the attack on Mr Skripal, a former spy for the United Kingdom, or his daughter but were widely believed by Western powers to be behind them.

TRT World 's Sara Morice reports.

Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said the government's emergency response committee had met to discuss the incident and that May and ministers were being regularly updated on the developments.

"I'm waiting for the phone call from the Russian state", he said.

The two victims are both British nationals local to the area, according to police in Wiltshire, the county in which Amesbury is located.

Chemical tests are now being carried out on the unknown substance at the government's weapons laboratory at Porton Down, the Press Association reports. Britain has notified the global chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). They've also said that, unlike the Skripals, the couple was not deliberately targeted with the Soviet-era nerve agent, which acts rapidly to slow the heart and restrict airways. They did not elaborate.

The statement from Wiltshire Police came only a month after police from 40 departments in England and Wales returned home after months of working on the Skripals' poisoning.

Russian Yulia Skripal, who suffered from a nerve agent in the British town of Salisbury, wants to come to Russia, her cousin Viktoria Skripal said on Thursday after a telephone conversation with Yulia. "We're working extremely hard to try to understand the circumstances, the chronology". Police were then informed of the pair's condition. However, further testing is now ongoing to establish the substance which led to these patients becoming ill.

Health chiefs said the risk to the public was low, repeating their earlier advice that the public should wash their clothes and use cleansing wipes on personal items. The British Home Secretary has demanded that Russian Federation explain how a nerve agent that only its government reportedly had access to has shown up a second time on British soil.

"That means that if a container or a surface was contaminated with this material it would remain a danger for a long time", Sella said.

Basu said police had not found any items which showed signs of contamination and officers were piecing together a "very detailed examination of their movements... to determine where they might have been exposed".

Related News:

  • Thai rescuers racing to get boys out of cave before more flooding

    Thai rescuers racing to get boys out of cave before more flooding

    The current flooding situation means the boys would have to dive, which rescue experts have said could be extremely unsafe . Water is being pumped out from the deluged cave round-the-clock, reducing the flooding by one centimetre an hour.
    England overcome penalty shootout hoodoo to beat Colombia

    England overcome penalty shootout hoodoo to beat Colombia

    The Three Lions were moments away from a 1-0 win after 90 minutes, but Yerry Mina's header ensured the game went to extra time . Furthermore, this was England's maiden success in a World Cup penalty shoot-out. "It is good to get that one off our back".
    Turkey's Erdogan, his alliance win presidential, parliamentary elections

    Turkey's Erdogan, his alliance win presidential, parliamentary elections

    The vote has also ushered in an executive presidency system giving Mr Erdogan sweeping new powers. However, Putin and Erdogan have forged an increasingly close alliance in recent months.
  • Merkel's migrant deal hangs on Social Democrat, EU approval

    Merkel's migrant deal hangs on Social Democrat, EU approval

    Merkel's party, her options would include joining forces with the migration-friendly Greens or heading a minority government. The new policy is a compromise that allowed Merkel and CSU head Horst Seehofer to defuse their confrontation.
    Melania Trump visits another border facility, leaves controversial jacket at home

    Melania Trump visits another border facility, leaves controversial jacket at home

    Trump's plane landed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson at about 10 a.m.to tour the border and facilities in Arizona. "I'm here to help and support you and give my help, whatever I can, on behalf of children and the families", she added.
    Instagram now lets users soundtrack stories with thousands of licensed tracks

    Instagram now lets users soundtrack stories with thousands of licensed tracks

    The process of adding music on to your stories is quite simple and similar to Instagram's sticker feature. Once you select a song, you can preview it to make sure it's the flawless song for your 'gram's story.
  • Eight coffees a day? Don’t worry, looks like you’ll still live longer

    Eight coffees a day? Don’t worry, looks like you’ll still live longer

    The authors noted inverse associations for coffee drinking with cancer and cardiovascular diseases of all kinds. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily.
    Kaley Cuoco Marries Karl Cook In Stunning Ceremony

    Kaley Cuoco Marries Karl Cook In Stunning Ceremony

    I had to go through a lot of things, but it brought me to Karl ". "I finally found my soulmate, so we're ready to do it". "I honestly thought I wouldn't get married again", Cuoco said in last month's issue of Cosmopolitan .

    Uruguay knockout Portugal from World Cup

    Today, Gimenez is set to rejoin Godin in central defence after missing the 3-0 victory over Russian Federation due to injury. That is the message from Portugal coach Fernando Santos to his team ahead of Saturday's World Cup last-16 clash in Sochi .
  • Lionel Messi wins hearts with kind gesture

    Lionel Messi wins hearts with kind gesture

    But when the game was tied at 1-1 the Argentina manager was mulling over changes he could make to win the game in Saint Petersburg .
    Belgium bests England to take top spot in Group G

    Belgium bests England to take top spot in Group G

    Belgium's Martinez was delighted with the win, saying it was impossible to plan the ideal scenario as the World Cup unfolds. I don't think it would be professional of us to put those players at a risk of missing the knockout phase.
    Late night hosts unite to clapback at Trump's insults

    Late night hosts unite to clapback at Trump's insults

    Trump didn't take very kindly to Fallon's latest interview and tweeted on Saturday, telling the show's host to " be a man ". But we had yet to hear from Colbert, who Trump wouldn't actually refer to by name in his speech.


Most liked

Six dead in Montreal as heat wave grips eastern Canada
Besides the heat and humidity, Environment Canada is also calling for "very high" UV levels which means a higher risk of sunburn. The person had complained of the heat and breathing difficulties and died after paramedics had arrived.

What Justice Kennedy's Retirement Means For Abortion Rights
Trump has said in the past that he would pick Supreme Court justices that would overturn Roe vs. Trump said he would begin the selection process with a list of 25 conservative candidates.

All Hell Breaks Loose During Australia Vs Philippines Basketball Game
At one point, Boomer Thon Maker tried to high-kick a Philippines player, while Nathan Sobey was on the wrong end of a chair. But at the same time we're saying that we emphatize that they have to act as a team which will not justify their conduct.

Heat Wave: Excessive heat warning in effect Sunday as unsafe conditions persist
Some residents are urged to limit their time outdoors including young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems. Highs will rise back into the lower 90s during the afternoon hours and the humid conditions will create heat indices near 100°.

Russians flood the streets to celebrate historic World Cup win over Spain
He was unable to inspire Spain to victory however as they were beaten 4-3 on penalties by the World Cup hosts. Former England player Chris Waddle said on 5Live: "This is the World Cup of set-pieces".

World Cup LIVE Brazil need a point Germany out; Mexico Sweden through
Granqvist stepped up to slam home the penalty kick and put Sweden on the brink of reaching the lat 16. Sweden opened the scoring five minutes after the break thanks to Augustinsson's first worldwide goal.

If LeBron leaves, TUMS will give away heartburn meds to Cavs fans
But there are other teams in the mix for the 33-year-old - and the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be at the top of the list. Whether or not they play out is one thing, but to say players don't at least engage each other on the subject is another.

Pekerman wary of confident Three Lions in last 16
A low-quality game was largely devoid of incident, although Japan goalkeeper pulled off a superb save from Kamil Grosicki. The events in Volgograd added to an unorthodox few weeks in the history of Japanese football.

Uruguay rolls Russian Federation to top Group A
But perhaps the biggest plus was the late goal from Cavani, who had been frustrated during the group stage. The host team achieved its minimum objective and already qualified from Group A along with their opponent.

Actress Heather Locklear arrested again in Ventura County
The former Melrose Place actress was reportedly taken into custody on Sunday night just before midnight, according to TMZ . Locklear was arrested in a similar situation in February, when she was charged with misdemeanor battery on an officer.

Both Koreas meet to arrange reunions of families split by war
Park was unwilling to provide a clear answer when asked whether North Korea had raised the issue during the meeting. Almost 20,000 Koreans had participated in 20 rounds of face-to-face reunions held between the countries since 2000.

Serbia vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report
Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage. Serbia's players did not react to the eagle gestures at Kaliningrad Stadium .

Trump signs executive order stopping family separation policy
Trump's decision came after sustained bipartisan criticism, including from former first ladies who spoke out Monday. Wednesday's move was the most significant policy reversal by Trump since he took office in January 2017.

High court decision extends legal battle over gerrymandering
Rather, much of the plaintiffs' evidence addressed the statewide partisan advantage arising from the packing and cracking. Many expected a landmark ruling that could have reshaped the redistricting landscape in the upcoming 2018 election cycle.

Trump Threatens Tariffs on $200B in Chinese Goods
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo affirmed that China was committed to working with the U.S. on sanctions last week. Parker suggested that such steps might include delaying or denying licenses required by US companies in China.