Amesbury novichok victim Dawn Sturgess, 44, dies

Amesbury novichok victim Dawn Sturgess, 44, dies

The woman who was exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in Amesbury, Wiltshire, died in hospital this evening, Sunday, 8 July.

Sturgess died in hospital on Sunday and Charlie Rowley, her partner, remains critically ill.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the UK's most senior counter-terrorism office, said Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley were the only people to have presented with confirmed symptoms of Novichok exposure since the attack on the Skripals and the subsequent illness of police officer Nick Bailey are he too came into contact with the substance.

"Dawn leaves behind her family, including three children, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely hard time", he said.

The woman, identified by police as Dawn Sturgess, 44, from Durrington was thought to have handled a "contaminated item" at Salisbury on 29 June before falling ill.

Russian Federation has denied involvement in both incidents.

Mr Javid, who chaired a meeting of the government's emergency committee on Monday, has said there are no plans at this stage for further sanctions against Russian Federation.

The decision by Basu, who heads Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command, to link the two attacks on Monday increases the pressure on Russian Federation. Yulia said that the poisoning had turned her life "upside down" and that she and her father were "lucky to have survived this assassination attempt".

Amesbury is just a 20-minute drive from Salisbury, England.

"Our focus and priority at this time is to identify and locate any container that we believe may be the source of the contamination", he said.

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The hospital's medical director, Christine Blanshard, told the BBC that hospital staff worked tirelessly to save Sturgess.

"We continue to be deeply anxious by the continuing presence of these poisonous substances on British territory", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters when asked about the death of Sturgess.

Public Health England said their assessment "remains that the overall risk to the general public remains low".

'But we must not lose sight of the fact that responsibility for the fact that a military-grade nerve agent was used in Salisbury and South Wiltshire, rests with Vladimir Putin's Kremlin alone'. Mr Rowley (inset), who had the highest concentrations of the nerve agent on his hands, is seen buying cans of super-strong lager and sharing a laugh with the cashier, who takes his money and packs up the alcohol for him.

Tests have revealed that the Amesbury couple were exposed to Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet military during the Cold War in what is the first known offensive use of such a chemical weapon on European soil since World War II.

Skripal and his daughter were both released from the hospital this spring.

It is unknown if the incident is connected to the major police investigation in the the Novichok poisoning crisis.

Whilst 21 other people have come forward with health concerns, they have been screened and "all been given the all-clear", he said.

Britain blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning - a charge strongly denied by Moscow.

Last week, United Kingdom officials said the nerve agent used against the couple in Amesbury was of the same variety as the toxin used against the Skripals, but it was not clear if the substance came from the same batch.

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