Mother exposed to nerve agent dies ten days after exposure

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

A senior British counter-terrorism officer has said that detectives were unable to say if the Novichok that two British people were exposed to was the same that struck down a former Russian double agent and his daughter, as well as a police officer.

The couple poisoned by a deadly nerve agent near Salisbury must have received "a high dose" of Novichok when they handled a vessel containing the substance, a leading police officer has said.

"This is shocking and tragic news".

"This awful news has only served to strengthen our resolve to identify and bring to justice the person or persons responsible for what I can only describe as an outrageous, reckless, and barbaric act", Basu said on July 8.

NOVICHOK victim Charlie Rowley has "just days to live", according to the mother of his partner Dawn Sturgess, who died after exposure to the nerve agent.

"We will do everything we possibly can to bring those responsible to justice", he said, calling the use of Novichok an "outrageous, reckless and barbaric act".

Sturgess was found by emergency medical workers after she collapsed at a residence in Amesbury and was subsequently taken to the hospital. Mr Rowley, 45, remains critical.

Police stress none of them are showing any signs of having been exposed to the nerve agent or feeling unwell.

Britain maintains that the March attack on the Skripals was ordered by the Russian government, a charge denied by representatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Police said Ms Sturgess' family had been notified and were receiving support.

He told reporters: 'Clearly what we have already determined, what our expert scientists have determined, is that the nerve agent in this incident is the exact same nerve agent as was used back in March (when the Skripals were poisoned).

Police said they would be led by the evidence but confirmed a link between the Amesbury case and the Salisbury attack was a main line of inquiry.

Appealing for witnesses to come forward, Mr Basu said: "I am sure that you will appreciate that the investigation is painstaking, meticulous and complex, but I can assure you that we are doing absolutely everything we can to gather all available evidence". Skripal was discharged from the hospital in May and his daughter was released in April.

"I am shocked and shocked by death of Dawn Sturgess, and my thoughts and condolences go with her family and loved ones", said Prime Minister Theresa May.

Around 100 counter-terrorism officers are helping in the investigation, which police said Friday could take "weeks and months".

Officers have also identified and spoken to a number of people who were with Dawn and Charlie before they became ill.

Britain has called on Russian Federation to answer questions about where the nerve agent came from. The Russian embassy in South Africa, meanwhile, tweeted that the poisoning was more likely to have been caused from a leak by Porton Down, the U.K.'s military research laboratory.

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.

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