Channel 4 News, March 24, 2013: The Berkshire home of dead Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky is given the all-clear after it was searched for chemical, biological and nuclear material. [...] Scenes of crime officers continued a thorough investigation to determine the circumstances of his death once the CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) experts had examined the country pile as a precaution.
Telegraph.co.uk, March 25, 2013: The search was prompted when the paramedic who pronounced the businessman dead had their radiation detector triggered on leaving the country pile in Titness Park, Mill Lane, Ascot. The paramedic’s detector, a personal electronic dosimeter (PED), is a health and safety device used routinely by emergency services.
The Australian, March 25, 2013: Specialist officers were called in after a paramedic’s personal radiation monitor device went off. The area was given the all-clear yesterday morning and South Central Ambulance Service said that normal environmental factors might have triggered the alert.
CNN, March 24, 2013: After a paramedic’s radiation detector went off at the scene, investigators declared the area “safe and clear to work in,” the Thames Valley Police said in a statement Sunday. They did not specify what they believe triggered the alert, but emergency officials from the South Central Ambulance Service said the device, which is a regular part of paramedics’ kits, can register false alarms.
NY Daily News, March 24, 2013: Berezovsky had accused Putin of being personally involved in the 2006 death of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned in London with tea spiked with radioactive polonium-210. Litvinenko was granted asylum in England after accusing superiors in the Russian secret service of plotting Berezovsky’s murder.
Published: March 25th, 2013 at 3:13 am ET