Amesbury incident: woman exposed to nerve agent dies

Elias Hubbard
July 12, 2018

Three days later it was announced that Sturgess and Rowley were in fact stricken by exposure to the nerve agent Novichok.

After examination, doctors of the District Hospital in Salisbury concluded that the police officer, who had allegedly been poisoned with a nerve paralytic agent, does not have signs of poisoning.

Dawn Sturgess has died and her partner Charlie Rowley is still fighting for his live in hospital, after being poisoned close to where an ex-Russian spy was struck down with the Novichok nerve agent.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after she was exposed to Novichok on 30 June just a few kilometres from where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with the same poison four months ago.

"This is shocking and tragic news".

Mr Basu said the death of Ms Sturgess had "only served to strengthen the resolve of our investigation team as we work to identify those responsible for this outrageous, reckless and barbaric act".

Tributes have flowed on social media, where Facebook friend Martin Bond described Sturgess as "a mother of a lovely daughter & a Good (sic) person".

Christine Blanshard, medical director at Salisbury District Hospital, where Sturgess and Rowley were being treated and where the Skripals were hospitalised, told the Daily Telegraph that staff had "worked tirelessly to save Dawn". "They did everything they could". Rowley remains in critical condition and in a coma at the Salisbury hospital. Police are investigating the death of Sturgess, a mother of three children, as a homicide.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the Skripal incident.

A post-mortem examination will be scheduled to take place in due course.

More than 100 police officers have been working to locate a small vial or other container thought to have held the nerve agent that sickened the two.

I know that the House will also want to join me in expressing our honest thanks to the police and the emergency services and to the staff at Salisbury District Hospital for their tireless professionalism and for the dedicated care they provided to Dawn Sturgess and which they continue to provide to Dawn's partner, Charlie Rowley, who remains critically ill in hospital.

"We are not in a position to say whether the nerve agent was from the same batch that the Skripals were exposed to", the statement added.

Russian officials dismissed any claims that the Kremlin was responsible for the death of a British woman near Salisbury, in an incident that United Kingdom officials described as another case of the Novichok poisoning. Police later said nothing out of the ordinary had been found.

The police are working to ensure that her family have all the necessary support that they need at this extremely hard time.

The death of a British citizen, caused by a Soviet-era nerve agent that could have been brought to English soil by Russians, comes at a particularly sensitive time. Canada and 26 other countries took May at her word and dutifully expelled a total of 151 Russian diplomats from embassies around the world.

Mr Javid, who visited the site for around 25 minutes in total, met with Angus Macpherson, the Conservative police and crime commissioner for Wiltshire and Kier Pritchard, the Wiltshire police chief constable.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "appalled and shocked" by Sturgess's death.

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