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Traces of Novichok are found in the blood of a SECOND police officer

Traces of Novichok are found in the blood of a SECOND police officer who becomes the sixth confirmed victim of the Salisbury nerve agent attack, Scotland Yard reveals

  • Wiltshire policeman showed signs of exposure top the nerve agent last March
  • But he was treated and returned to work shortly afterwards, Scotland Yard said 
  • Now test result from year ago reveal officer had traces of Novichok in his blood 
  • He’s sixth confirmed victim of attack on Russian spy Sergei Skripal and daughter 
  • Mum Dawn Sturgess died and partner was hospitalised after Novichok exposure 
  • Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was also poisoned by attack and fell seriously ill

Traces of the Novichok nerve agent have been found in the blood of a second police officer following the chemical attack in Salisbury last year.

The Wiltshire policeman displayed signs at the time that he had been exposed to a ‘very small amount’ of the nerve agent.

But the officer, who does not want to be named, received medical treatment and was able to return to work shortly afterwards.  

A test was carried out on the officer in March 2018, but it is only now Scotland Yard is able to confirm traces of Novichok were found in the sample.  

The officer is the sixth confirmed victim of the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia (pictured together), who both survived

Mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess later died after coming into contact with a perfume bottle believed to have been used in the attack on the Skripals and then discarded

Her partner, Charlie Rowley, was left seriously ill but later recovered

Mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess (left) later died after coming into contact with a perfume bottle believed to have been used in the attack on the Skripals and then discarded. Her partner, Charlie Rowley (right), was left seriously ill but later recovered

The officer is the sixth confirmed victim of the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia, who both survived.

Mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess, 44, later died after coming into contact with a perfume bottle believed to have been used in the attack on the Skripals and then discarded.

Her partner, Charlie Rowley, was left seriously ill but later recovered. Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, another Wiltshire Police officer, was also poisoned by the attack and fell seriously ill.

The Metropolitan Police said they continue to seek information about the activities of the two wanted men known as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who are accused of carrying out the attack while they were in the UK between March 2 and 4 2018.     

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police: ‘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.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, another Wiltshire Police officer, was also poisoned by the attack and fell seriously ill

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, another Wiltshire Police officer, was also poisoned by the attack and fell seriously ill

‘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 spokesman added: ‘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.’

Scotland Yard said the news does not have any health implications for the officer or the wider public.

They added: ‘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.’  

The force is still hunting for the device used to unleash the deadly nerve agent last year.

A spokesman added: ‘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 June 27. Anyone who saw this pink box or glass bottle during this time is asked to call police in confidence.’

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