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A police officer stands at a cordon by a play park at Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury, southern England, on July 5, 2018 cordoned off in connection with the investigation and major incident declared after a man and woman were found unconscious after exposure with what was later identified as the nerve agent Novichok. British police scrambled on July 5, to determine how a couple were exposed to the same nerve agent, Novichok, used on a former Russian spy earlier this year, leaving them critically ill. The couple were taken ill on Saturday in 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, in an incident that sparked a diplomatic crisis with Russia. / AFP PHOTO / Chris J Ratcliffe

British police probe new Novichok nerve agent case

British police scrambled on Thursday to determine how a couple were exposed to the same nerve agent used on a former Russian spy earlier this year, as fear spread in the normally quiet English region where both cases took place.

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