NOVICHOK: Victim Dawn Sturgess dies

Hannah Rogers
July 9, 2018

Dawn Sturgess fell ill last week and she and a man with her were taken to the hospital while foaming at the mouth and nearing death.

London's Metropolitan Police Department identified the woman as 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess of Durrington.

"The 45-year-old man who fell ill with Dawn remains critically ill in hospital and our thoughts are with him and his family as well".

Test samples from Sturgess and Rowley show they were exposed to Novichok "after touching a contaminated item with their hands", police said.

"Detectives will continue with their painstaking and meticulous work to gather all the available evidence so that we can understand how two citizens came to be exposed with such a deadly substance that tragically cost Dawn her life".

"The possibility that the two investigations might be linked is clearly a key line of inquiry for police".

The March attack on the Skripals prompted the biggest Western expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War as allies sided with Britain's view that Moscow was either responsible or had lost control of the nerve agent. Britain blames Russian Federation for the attack, however, Russian Federation has denied the allegation.

Cops have now launched a murder investigation led by around 100 detectives.

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They spent weeks in critical condition, but have both been discharged from Salisbury District Hospital, the same hospital where Sturgess died. Sturgess was taken to hospital around 10.15am and Rowley several hours later, around 3.30pm.

There is no evidence that Sturgess and the other victim visited any of the sites that had been decontaminated after the Skripals' poisoning, police said, adding that they could not say whether the nerve agent came from the same batch as the one the Skripals came in contact with.

"Police and security officials are working urgently to establish the facts of this incident, which is now being investigated as a murder", she addded.

A police officer sought medical advice Saturday in connection with the ongoing investigation of the nerve agent exposure, but was given the "all clear," according to Wiltshire Police.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, almost died of exposure to Novichok left on the front doorstep of Sergei's home in March.

After the hospitalisation of Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley, Mr Javid accused the Russian state of using Britain as a "dumping ground for poison".

John Glen, the Conservative Party legislator for the region, said the new poisoning has threatened an economic rebound from the slowdown caused by the attack on the Skripals.

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