Salisbury & Amesbury Investigation
Update – 15 August 2019
Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) network, who are investigating the Novichok attack in Salisbury, have confirmed that traces of the nerve agent have been found in a blood sample which was taken at the time from a second police officer.
The officer from Wiltshire Police, who does not wish to be identified, was involved in the response to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. The officer displayed signs at the time of the incident that indicated exposure to a very small amount of Novichok. The officer received appropriate medical treatment for this at the time and returned to duties shortly afterwards.
Forensic examination of the officer’s blood sample that was taken in March 2018 has since been carried out by scientists at Dstl on behalf of the investigation team. The forensic test – which uses a different method to that used to assess the clinical effects of nerve agent poisoning – has now given detectives confirmation that traces of Novichok were in the blood sample.
These forensic tests were carried out as part of what remains an ongoing investigation, which has been unprecedented in its complexity and scale and has involved thousands of exhibits. Officers continue to work closely with scientists and experts to meticulously and methodically review and examine the evidence available to us.
The officer has been informed and continues to receive support from Wiltshire Police along with other officers and staff affected by the events in Salisbury and Amesbury last year.
The officer is the fourth person to be confirmed through forensic testing as a victim of the initial Salisbury attack. The higher levels of exposure to Novichok suffered by the Skripals and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey led to them falling critically or seriously ill.
Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley also suffered high levels of exposure to Novichok following the incident in Amesbury in June 2018. Tragically, Dawn died some days later, whilst Charlie also became critically ill.
Detectives from the CTP network have also contacted a small number of other individuals whose blood samples were taken at the time, to seek their consent for forensic analysis to be carried out on the samples. There is no need for anyone who has not been contacted by police at this time to take any action.
The purpose of any such test is to assist the criminal investigation, and confirm whether there are any traces of Novichok in the blood samples; therefore forensically identifying any further victims of the attack.
The forensic tests, however, do not have any health implications for either those individuals or the wider public. As the Chief Medical Officer has previously stated, anyone who may have been exposed to short-term or one-off contact with low levels of Novichok and who has not suffered an obvious illness, is not at risk of any long-term health problems and this remains the same.
Furthermore, public health experts have confirmed that there is no change to the overall public health risk, which remains low. However, should anyone have any concerns, then they can contact the NHS by calling 111.
As we made clear from the outset, public health and safety has always been a priority for everyone involved in the multi-agency response to the events in Salisbury and Amesbury.
As previously stated, two men known as ‘Alexander Petrov’ and ‘Ruslan Boshirov’ are wanted by UK police after the Crown Prosecution Service authorised charges against the pair, linked to the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey. We believe they were using aliases and a European Arrest Warrant and Interpol Red Notices remain in circulation for the two men.
We continue to appeal to the public for any information regarding these two men whilst they were in the UK between 2 March and 4 March 2018. Anyone who knows them or saw them should call police in confidence on 0800 789 321 or email email@example.com
At its height, around 250 detectives from across the CTP network have worked on the investigation into the attack on the Skripals and poisoning of Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley in Amesbury.
The investigation remains ongoing, and there are parts of the picture that we are continuing to piece together. We continue to urge anyone who has information that they have not yet passed to police to do so. In particular, we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the counterfeit ‘Nina Ricci’ perfume box or bottle that was recovered from Charlie Rowley’s address in July 2018.
We cannot account for the whereabouts of the bottle, nozzle or box between the attack on the Skripals on 4 March 2018 and when Charlie Rowley said he found it on 27 June 2018. Anyone who saw this pink box or glass bottle during this time is asked to call police in confidence on 0800 789 321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Salisbury: Investigation continues one year on
Update from the Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon:
Our thoughts remain with Dawn Sturgess’s family, the other victims who fell seriously ill and the people of Salisbury who have shown tremendous resilience throughout. We are determined to bring to justice those responsible for Dawn’s death and Charlie Rowley’s poisoning, as well as the attack on Yulia and Sergei Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.
A year on from the attack on Yulia and Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, there are parts of the picture that we are continuing to piece together, and I am urging anyone who has information that they have not yet passed to police to do so.
I am conscious someone may have information but is worried about telling us a year on. Please do not worry – just call or email us. The information you have could be crucial to securing the prosecution of those responsible for Dawn Sturgess’ death.
In particular, we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the counterfeit ‘Nina Ricci’ perfume box or bottle that was recovered from Charlie Rowley’s address in July.
We cannot account for the whereabouts of the bottle, nozzle or box between the attack on the Skripals on 4 March and when Charlie Rowley said he found it on Wednesday, 27 June.
Did you see this pink box or glass bottle during that time? Do you have any information about where it might have been discarded?
If so, please call police in confidence on 0800 789 321 or email email@example.com
Any extra information from the public will be extremely welcome and may assist this highly complex investigation.
Around 250 detectives from across the Counter Terrorism Policing Network have worked on the investigation into the attack on the Skripals and poisoning of Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley. They have collected over 11,000 hours of CCTV footage; seized 3,700 exhibits and taken 1,702 statements in relation to the two incidents and continue to pursue a number of lines of enquiry.
Investigation Update – 22 November 2018
Brand new footage of the suspects involved in the Salisbury attack has been revealed as appeals for information continue.
CCTV footage of the two suspects – known by their aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – shows them as they arrive and travel around Salisbury on Sunday 4 March.
The first CCTV clip shows the two suspects as they arrive at Salisbury train station on Sunday 4 March at around 11:48hrs.
The second clip shows the suspects at approximately 11:58hrs walking past a petrol station in Wilton Road, which is in the vicinity of the Skripals’ home address. This is just prior to when detectives believe the nerve agent was placed on the door handle.
The third clip shows the two men walking over a bridge on Fisherton Street at approximately 13:00 hours before they eventually return to Salisbury train station and travel back to Heathrow and catch a flight to Moscow later that night.
Images of a specially made model of the counterfeit perfume bottle are also being issued as detectives from the Counter Terrorism Policing Network continue with their investigation.
Officers are still appealing to anyone who may have seen either of the two men in the UK between 2-4 March, or anyone who may have seen the counterfeit ‘Nina Ricci’ perfume box or bottle that was eventually recovered from Charlie Rowley’s address in Muggleton Road in July.
Anyone with information can call police in confidence on 0800 789 321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find below the press release published on 22 November 2018 – choose your appropriate language:
INVESTIGATION UPDATE – 5 SEPTEMBER 2018
Two suspects have been identified in relation to the Salisbury
attack. They were named by the Crown Prosecution
Service as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.
Do you know or recognise either of these men? Did you see them in
the UK between Friday 2 March and Sunday 4 March?
If you have any information contact the investigation team on 0800
789 321 or email email@example.com
UK Counter Terrorism Policing announced a major update, Wednesday 5 September, in relation to the Salisbury & Amesbury Investigation.
The Crown Prosecution Service has received sufficient evidence to authorise charges against two suspects including attempted murder of Sergei Skripal; conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey; use of a chemical weapon; and causing grievous bodily harm to Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey.
Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Head of UK Counter Terrorism Policing, outlined the evidence the police investigation had produced. The investigation tracked two suspects as they enter the UK, arriving at London Gatwick Airport on a flight from Moscow, Russia on Friday 2 March 2018. They then travelled via public transport to a hotel in Bow Road, London where they stayed overnight.
On Saturday 3 March, the suspects travelled from London Waterloo station to Salisbury. It is believed the suspects carried out reconnaissance before returning to London.
The following day, Sunday 4 March, the suspects again travelled to Salisbury, and CCTV images identify them at key locations around the city. It is during this visit that it is believed the suspects carried out the attack, before they returned to London, travelled to London Heathrow Airport and returned to Moscow, Russia.
To illustrate the investigative update, we have produced a range of content available to view, download and share:
- Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, UK Counter Terrorism Policing (video)
- Sue Hemmings, Director of Legal Services, Crown Prosecution Service (video)
- Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer (video)
- Presentation explaining the investigative updates
- Timeline highlighting the movement of the suspects
Box & Bottle Revealed
Images of the ‘perfume’ box, bottle and applicator that were found in Charlie Rowley’s flat have been released.
The investigation team would like to hear from anyone who saw the items between Sunday 4 March and Wednesday 27 June.
Crown Prosecution Service Update
Sue Hemming, Director of Legal Services, Crown Prosecution Service, provided an update on the Salisbury & Amesbury Investigation and announced charges brought against the suspects on 5 September 2018.
You can also download the full statement, as delivered by Sue Hemming.
Public Health England Update
Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, provided an update on the Salisbury & Amesbury Investigation and offered reassurance and advice on 5 September 2018.
You can download the full statement, as delivered by Dame Sally Davies.