Probe to 'leave no stone unturned' after new UK poisoning

2018-07-05 19:10

British police will "leave no stone unturned" when seeking answers after two more people were exposed to the Novichok nerve agent on UK soil this week, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday.

"To see two more people exposed to the Novichok in the UK is obviously deeply disturbing, and the police I know will be leaving no stone unturned in their investigation," May said on a visit to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Two people were taken ill on Saturday in the small town of Amesbury, close to the city of Salisbury, where former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a bench on March 4, sparking a diplomatic crisis with Russia.

Germany was one of a number of British allies to expel Russian diplomats after London blamed Moscow for the Skripal poisoning, prompting May to again thank Merkel on Thursday for her country's "unwavering support".

But UK ministers do not so far believe the latest incident was a deliberate attack.

Novichok is a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

After coming into contact with the poison, Skripal, 67, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were treated for weeks before being released from hospital.

The police said they suspected the nerve agent may have been smeared on a front door handle in liquid form.

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