A police officer stands at a cordon around a public litter bin next to a supported housing project in Salisbury after a major incident was declared when a man and woman were exposed to the Novichok nerve agent on July 5, 2018 in Salisbury, England.
Basu said Rowley was still critically ill in hospital and that Sturgess' family had asked for privacy.
Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent that was developed in the Soviet Union.
Rowley regularly scavenged for goods to fix and sell, leading to the possibility that he and Sturgess might have inadvertently found the container used to transport the Novichok. Skripal was discharged from the hospital in May and his daughter was released in April.
Despite the lack of evidence and deepening mystery many have been quick to point the finger at Russian Federation and brand the Amesbury poisoning "collateral damage".
He said no one else in the Amesbury and Salisbury region where the couple lived in southwestern England has shown any sign of Novichok poisoning.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said it was a priority to locate a "container" which may have been the "source of the contamination". Sturgess was taken to hospital around 10.15am and Rowley several hours later, around 3.30pm.
The investigation is being led by detectives from the Counter Terrorism Policing Network and about 100 detectives are working round the clock, he said.
"After new tests carried out with patient samples, we now know that y were exposed to nerve agent after handling a contaminated object", Londonpolice said in a statement.
They spent weeks in critical condition, but have both been discharged from Salisbury District Hospital, the same hospital where Sturgess died.
Putin has said that if a military-grade nerve agent had been used against them, the victims would have died.
The Kremlin has denied, as it did after attack on Skripal, any involvement with poisoning of Rowley and Sturgess, which it considers "deeply troubling", and called on British authorities not to incur "dirty political games" by relating Poisoning with case of Skripal.
Russian Federation is "deeply concerned by the continuing appearance of these poisonous substances on British territory", which "present a danger not just for the British but for all Europeans", Peskov added.
Police said the investigation "into the attempted murders of the Skripals is ongoing as detectives continue to assess all the evidence available".
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