UK: Couple fighting for their lives were exposed to same novichok nerve agent as ex-Russian spy

A couple are fighting for their lives after being poisoned close to where an ex-Russian spy was struck down with the nerve agent Novichok.

Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, are being treated at Salisbury Hospital after being poisoned on Saturday.

They were found unconscious and foaming at the mouth at a property in nearby Amesbury, Wiltshire, on Saturday.

Police have confirmed the couple were exposed to Novichok, the same deadly nerve agent which poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

 

Confirmation of the poisoning came hours after dramatic video emerged of one of the victims being loaded into an ambulance by a paramedic wearing hazmat gear.

Initially police believed the pair, understood to be recreational drug users, had come into contact with a contaminated batch of Class A drugs.

Earlier today,  major incident was declared after it emerged the substance could be poison – with Scotland Yard and the Ministry of Defence drafted in to help investigate.