United Kingdom mother poisoned with nerve agent Novichok dies

Erika Holt
July 11, 2018

The same nerve agent was used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

"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".

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

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died at Salisbury District Hospital in Wiltshire yesterday after falling ill on June 30.

Salisbury District Hospital also treated Mr Skripal, 67, his daughter Yulia, 33, as well as police officer Nick Bailey, who fell ill after he came to assist them.

Police in the United Kingdom have warned they can not guarantee the safety of the public after the death of a woman who came into contact with the Novichok nerve agent near Salisbury in southern England.

Britain has openly accused Russian Federation of being responsible for poisoning the Skripals with Novichok, a family of advanced nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970 and 1980s. For its part, Russian government officials have denied all involvement, while at least some British officials have urged caution in attributing blame.

Assistant Commissioner Basu said the couple must have received a "high dose" of Novichok when they handled a vessel containing the nerve agent. They say the poison could remain potent for months, particularly in a closed container.

The investigation into the poisonings is being led by detectives from the Counter Terrorism Policing Network, and about 100 detectives are working alongside officers from Wiltshire police.

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Amesbury is located just nine miles (some 14 km) from the site of Skripal incident, which occurred in March.

Detectives are still working to determine the source of the contamination.

On Mar 12, British Prime Minister Theresa May says the military-grade nerve agent has been identified as belonging to the Novichok ("Newcomer") group, which was developed by the Soviet government towards the end of the Cold War.

Following the death, there are growing fears of a wider risk to public health in the region but Public Health England stressed the risk to the general public "remains low".

On Monday, authorities evacuated a bus in the city centre and, for a few hours, established a wide security cordon around it, raising fears of another nerve agent incident.

Both the Skripals have now been released from hospital and are living in a secret location.

The UK government, however, seemingly focused on baselessly blaming Russian Federation instead of investigating, just like the Skripal family poisoning back in March.

"We have told our British colleagues that they are playing with fire and they will be sorry", he said.

On Monday, Britain's counterterrorism chief announced that investigators had determined that it was "highly likely" that this Novichok was indeed from the same batch. The Kremlin is alarmed at the repeat poisonings that recent hit Great Britain since this poses a grave danger to all of Europe, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Police are investigating the death of Sturgess, a mother of three children, as a homicide.

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