Novichok victim was 'a gentle soul', says family

Lester Mason
July 10, 2018

Williamson was asked in parliament about the threat facing people in Britain after the death of Dawn Sturgess on Sunday.

The main line of inquiry is whether it is linked to the attempted murders of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in nearby Salisbury in March.

It is thought she and partner Charlie Rowley, who remains in a critical condition, handled a contaminated container - which police are desperate to find.

The UK government has blamed Russian Federation for the incident, but the country's authorities deny any involvement.

A bus that Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley used the night before they collapsed has also tested negative for the deadly agent.

The UK's chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies has warned members of the public in Salisbury and Amesbury not to pick up "any foreign objects".

In a statement Lorna Wilkinson, director of nursing at Salisbury District Hospital, said: "We have seen a small but significant improvement in the condition of Charlie Rowley".

The mother-of-three's family released a statement saying her death was "devastating" and that she was a "gentle soul who was generous to a fault".

"She had the biggest of hearts and she will be dreadfully missed by both her immediate and wider family".

A vehicle has been seized by police in Swindon as the novichok poisoning investigation expands to a third area.

Central to the investigation is John Baker House, the supported-living accommodation where Ms Sturgess lived, Mr Rowley's home and Salisbury's Queen Elizabeth Gardens, which remains cordoned off.

Wiltshire Police tweeted Monday that the auto was being "safely" removed and reminded the public that the risk of contamination with the agent was low.

Residents also claimed he had told them both his vehicle and his clothes were being taken to the government laboratory at Porton Down to be destroyed.

A team wearing protective clothing is combing the small flat, working in 30-minute shifts because of the heat.

Police are yet to recover that item but Public Health England said the risk to the public is low and warned against picking up "any odd items such as needles, syringes or unusual containers".

Anyone who was there between 22:00 BST on 29 June and 18:30 on 30 June should continue to follow advice, including washing their clothes in a washing machine.

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