UK Police Confirm 2nd Critically Ill Couple Poisoned With Novichok Nerve Agent

Update: And here come the 'Russians did it' allegations...

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the substance which has left two people critically ill in Amesbury was nerve agent Novichok.

The same agent that was allegedly used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal just a few miles away (who miraculously survived the 'deadly' nerve agent along with his daughter).

So why are "the Russians" now poisoning some random - non-former-Russian spies - British people?

One can only wonder at the timing of this second seemingly random poisoning with a deadly nerve agent coming so close to President Trump's scheduled summit with President Putin.

To review: 

  • An Amesbury couple in their 40's, Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45 were poisoned with Novichok nerve agent
  • Police were initially called after Sturgess fell ill, only to return later that evening after Rowley also fell ill
  • None of the other people who were with the couple at Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury the day before fell ill
  • One of the last places the couple was seen together in public was a family fund ay at Amesbury Baptist Centre on Saturday afternoon. The church has been cordoned off by police

Church secretary Roy Collins said: “Last weekend we held a community fundraiser and we understand this may well be the last event this couple went to in public.

“They are not church members or regulars.” 

Mr Collins said around 200 people attended the event, including many families and children, but “nobody else has suffered any ill-effects”. -ITV

  • Wiltshire police originally thought the couple had taken contaminated heroin or crack cocaine
  • Authorities don't believe there is "a significant health risk to the wider public" at this time
  • Rowley and Sturgess remain in critical condition in Salisbury District Hospital
  • The address where the couple were found is on a new housing development on the southern edge of the town, which lies close to Stonehenge per ITV

Neighbours living near the scene were keen to find out more about what had happened to the couple. College student Chloe Edwards described seeing police cars, fire engines and people in “green suits” on Saturday night.

“We saw everything,” said the 17-year-old, who lives near the cordoned-off flat.

“We were just eating our dinner and all these emergency vehicles turned up.

“They were putting on these green suits and we thought it was the gas as our electricity was turned off as well.”

She said the vehicles arrived at about 7pm and she and her family were told to stay inside their home until about 10pm.

“We wanted to know what happened and, with the Russian attack happening not long ago, and we just assumed the worst,” she said.

“I am not sure how long they were in there but we couldn’t get out of the house for two-and-a-half hours.” -ITV

 

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UK counterterrorism detectives and local police are investigating after a couple in their 40's fell critically ill from exposure to an unknown substance, just a few miles from where former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a suspected nerve agent in early March - exactly four months ago.

Authorities have not yet identified the substance, while some have speculated that the couple may have been sickened by residue from the poison which nearly killed the Skripals eight miles away in Salisbury. 

Police were initially summoned to the scene Saturday morning about the collapsed woman, and then returned that evening after a man fell ill at the same address. At first, police thought that Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45, had taken a contaminated batch of crack or heroin. 

"However, further testing is now ongoing to establish the substance which led to these patients becoming ill," said Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills. "At this stage it is not yet clear if a crime has been committed."

Sam Hobson, a friend of the couple, said he was with them on Saturday, when Sturgess fell ill first. He told Sky News she was "having a fit, foam coming out of her mouth." Rowley collapsed later the same day.

"He was sweating loads, dribbling. ... He was rocking backwards and forwards," Hobson said. "There was no response from him. He didn't even know I was there." -AP via ABC

Wiltshire police have declared the sickening which happened four days ago a "major incident," after the man and women were found collapsed inside of an Amesbury residential building. That designation will allow UK authorities to utilize more than one emergency agency to respond. 

The incident has residents worried that history may be repeating itself. 

"With the Russian attack happening not long ago, we just assumed the worst," said student Chloe Edwards, who said police and fire engines descended on a quiet street of newly built homes in Amesbury on Saturday evening.

Edwards said she saw people in green suits — like those worn by forensics officers — and her family was told to stay indoors for several hours. -AP via ABC

London's Metropolitian Police noted that "given the recent events in Salisbry," local police efforts were being aided by counterterrorism officers, while UK media is reporting that the mystery substance has been sent to the Porton Down defense research laboratory for testing - the same lab which has been unable to verify the source of the nerve agent used on the Skripals.

Prime Minister Theresa May said that the Amesbury incident "understandably is being treated with the utmost seriousness." 

The emergency services' response echoes that in the case of Sergei Skripal, 67. The former Russian intelligence officer was convicted of spying for Britain before coming to the U.K. as part of a 2010 prisoner swap.

He had been living in Salisbury, a cathedral city 90 miles (145 kilometers) southwest of London, when he was struck down along with his 33-year-old daughter Yulia, who was visiting him.

The Skripals' illness initially baffled doctors after they were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury. Scientists at Porton Down concluded they had been poisoned with Novichok, a type of nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. -AP via ABC

Police from 40 departments in England and Wales only just returned home last month from working the Skripal case, while specially trained workers have been decontaminating areas around Salisbury for months. 

Rob Slane of TheBlogMire.com has written a five part series "Joining some dots on the Skripal" case which can be read here: 

The UK government has pledged $3.3 million to local businesses to make up for lost revenue in the area. 

"Amesbury's a lovely place — it's very quiet, uneventful," said resident Rosemary Northing. "So for this to happen, and the media response and the uncertainty, it's unsettling."

Neighbor Justin Doughty, who lives across the street from the cordoned-off house, said residents want to know what's going on.

"We don't know, to be honest now, because is it linked to Salisbury or is it drug-related?" he said. "None of us is being told anything by the police, and it would be nice to know something."

Comments

loveyajimbo Wed, 07/04/2018 - 14:47 Permalink

LOL!!!  I notice the pathetic Theresa May is no longer pushing the "Russian attack" meme... what a corrupt roach.  A new enemy of America...

This new one only makes her look like the lying POS clown that she is...

pods Looney Wed, 07/04/2018 - 14:58 Permalink

Only 8 miles away. Maybe the wind blew it?

Fucking horseshit, the Brits are just trying to keep this one on the front pages.

And if this new and improved weapon is so damn lethal, why isn't anyone actually dying from exposure to it?  You would think at least they could kill someone with it, even if by accident.

pods

 

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. . . _ _ _ . . . 847328_3527 Wed, 07/04/2018 - 15:34 Permalink

I wonder if the same Muslim gangs that have been trafficking in little girls have also been trafficking in bad drugs. This leads me to wonder whether the British authorities are covering that up, as well.
Drugs from Afghanistan don't just flow to the CIA. The British have been there for just as long.
Maybe that's why they needed Tommy in jail. Was he too close to some discovery?
Is this another example of globalism at any cost?

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HowdyDoody StackShinyStuff Wed, 07/04/2018 - 17:20 Permalink

A short while ago the UK managed to get the OPCW mandate changed so it can assign blame. The UK will get OPCW in to look at the evidence the UK provides (fresh from Porton Down) and will blame Russia based on secret evidence presented in secret.

The UK is so butt hurt that, if the football final is between Russia and England, the Russians should allow England to win to make them feel better.

 

 

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bigkahuna HowdyDoody Wed, 07/04/2018 - 17:29 Permalink

A real investigator would link the two cases of "novichok" poisoning and investigate from that angle as well.

The secondary poisoning is likely where the original batch was either put together, unpacked, or staged for use.

Check to see who was in the area - there were probably psy-op (false flag) agents from one country or the other, that's why they would not want to look at this angle.

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beemasters bigkahuna Wed, 07/04/2018 - 18:47 Permalink

"Update: And here come the 'Russians did it' allegations.."

Now Trump is really fucked. He could be forced to cancel the Russian summit or risk a public relation disaster. He isn't in the position to offer other theories for that would amount to admitting an oversight on Skripal's case.

And that's UK's gift to say 'Happy 4th, but there's no way you can ever be independent."

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philipat thisandthat Wed, 07/04/2018 - 19:40 Permalink

Obviously part of a new wave of Russia hysteria ahead of the Summit AND in view of an extremely successful (well organised, beautiful new stadia and warm friendly Russian people - no security or crowd problems.

In fact both the BBC and Sky News in the UK have been, quite irrelevantly in the context of a sports news story, in glowing reports on what is turning out to be a classic world cup, inserting comments to the effect that "But of course, we have to remember that Putin hasn't changed and his aggressive policies towards Ukraine and Crimea etc, remain in place".

This prompted me to send the following emaii:

"Dear Sky/BBC News,

I though your “news” report from Moscow by your correspondent was almost Orwellian in its determination to attack Putin whatever. Is it not possible just to give credit to Russia for superb organization of what is turning out to be a classic World Cup without resorting to completely irrelevant political cheap shots? I’m sure that the word came down from on high not to allow Putin to bask in the glory of the World Cup.

Very disappointing in terms of journalistic integrity and really quite pathetic.

Regards"

It makes no difference of course but at least the bastards migh get the idea that they can't fool all of the people all of the time!

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King of Ruperts Land Manthong Wed, 07/04/2018 - 23:39 Permalink

Excellent London Police work. Two poisoned people, and three suspicious substances. Substance #1 appears to be crack. Watson lend me your lighter. Phhht, WOW! A bell ringer. That is definitely good crack. Watson lend me the syringe from your bag. Ohhhhh my gooooodness, that is some good smack! Clearly then by deductive reasoning the third substance must be Novichok nerve agent administered by none other that Moriarty aka Vlad Putin! Now that this matter has been solved, please allow me to take the rest of substance #1 back to my lab for further study.

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silver140 thisandthat Wed, 07/04/2018 - 20:39 Permalink

Great link, thanks thisandthat.

"the smearing of governments and leaders threatening to the US Empire's commercial and financial interests in Latin America has a long and established history."

I read the complete article. It was good but,,,,,why not include a brief history of US regime change in Latin America, assassinations, support of ruthless dictators, CIA school of the Americas where their amoral, ruthless, torturing puppets are taught and then sent back to wreak havoc on the citizens of Latin America  including murders, rapes and torture and contraventions of the Geneva Conventions.[1]) and why it is specifically, ruthlessly targeted: the fact that Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world:

"The proven oil reserves in Venezuela are recognized as the largest in the world, totaling 297 billion barrels (4.72×1010 m3) as of 1 January 2014.[1]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_reserves_in_Venezuela

"Latin America is the largest foreign supplier of oil to the United States"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_America%E2%80%93United_States_relat…

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silver140 HowdyDoody Wed, 07/04/2018 - 18:29 Permalink

Yes, somehow the UK (and the certainly the US) was able to get the UN (what authority in the UN, I don't know) to grant the OPCW the power to assign blame for a CW attack, this was a few days ago. So suddenly there's another attack, on the eve of a meeting between Trump and Putin, and in the middle of the amazingly popular and successful World Cup in Russia! Here's a link to a good article summarizing the history of UK anti Russian acts.

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/06/15/letter-from-britain-an-establishm…

And one regarding UK false flag attacks from colonial times to present (Syria), and today,,,, Salisbury (Porton Down CW facility location).

http://theduran.com/british-intelligence-services-are-the-masters-of-pr…

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porton_Down

 

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el buitre silver140 Wed, 07/04/2018 - 23:35 Permalink

This whole thing could simply be staged and the "victim" couple crisis actors.  Maybe MI6 stuck them in front of 5 continuous hours of Rachel Madcow until they displayed the appropriate symptoms of Novichok.  Seriously though, the whole thing could be a staged hoax, in which case the "victims" will probably succumb.  We have been given almost no personal information about this "couple" other than their names.  With different surnames, either they were unmarried, Dawn was a fanatic feminist, or they had just met each other last week.  Maybe they will turn up alive months later in Saudi Arabia as most of the 9/11 highjackers did.  I think the best time to announce their deaths would be immediately after a possible UK loss to the Russian team.  Undoubtedly nuclear missiles would then depart eastward over France.

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