NOVICHOK victims Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley picked up the nerve agent vial from a park drug den, a neighbour says, The Sun reports.
Tom Ricks said dealers often placed stashes in their crack hideout at Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
He believes Dawn, 44, and Charlie, 45 — both fighting for their lives — went to the park and picked up a package contaminated with the poison before taking it home.
Mechanic Tom, 31, said: “I think it already had Novichok on it. “That or they picked up the Novichok container from the same spot. It is terrifying.”
Forensic investigators in protective suits yesterday continued to scour potentially contaminated sites, including Charlie’s flat above Tom’s in Amesbury, near Salisbury, where the couple fell ill last weekend.
A CHEMICAL weapons expert fears the Russians could have been hoping to cause “collateral damage”. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon is certain the Novichok was from the Skripal attack.
The retired Army officer said the attackers could have thrown away the container “hoping for a second hit”.
Dawn’s mother Caroline is said to have told pals she fears her “lost soul” daughter is being denied the same care as poisoned Russians Sergei and Yulia Skripal as she is a “nobody alcoholic”.
Queen Elizabeth Gardens is a known spot for boozers and drug users and is a five-minute walk from where the Skripals were found after being poisoned by Novichok on March 4.
“I told her, ‘I love you, mum. I just want you to wake up and get better’. A cop from Salisbury who feared he had Novichok symptoms was examined and given the all-clear last night.