LONDON - A British man exposed to Novichok, four months after the same nerve agent was used against a former Russian spy nearby, had found it in a perfume bottle, his brother said.
Mr Matthew Rowley told BBC News that his 45-year-old brother Charlie, who is conscious but seriously ill in hospital, told him he had picked up the perfume bottle.
Contacted by AFP, the police refused to confirm the claim.
The police previously said that they found the Soviet-era nerve agent in a "small bottle" in Mr Charlie Rowley's home in Amesbury, near the city of Salisbury in southwest England.
Mr Rowley fell ill there on June 30, hours after his 44-year partner Dawn Sturgess collapsed after being exposed to the same nerve agent. Ms Sturgess died on July 8.