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Woman Exposed to Novichok Dies

Posted 225 days ago | 09.07.18

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Woman Exposed to Novichok Dies

Dawn Sturgess, died in hospital on Sunday evening after falling ill on 30 June after exposur  to the nerve agent Novichok. Police have launched a murder inquiry. Charlie Rowley, her friend, who was also exposed is still critically ill in hospital. 


The investigation is being led by detectives from the Counter-Terrorism Policing Network and about 100 detectives are working on the case alongside Wiltshire Police officers.They will be trying to work out how Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley were exposed to the nerve agent although tests have confirmed they touched a contaminated item with their hands.

Neil Basu, Assistant Commissioner and the head of UK Counter-Terrorism policing, said: "This is shocking and tragic news. Dawn leaves behind her family, including three children, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely difficult time.The man who fell ill with Dawn remains critically ill in hospital and our thoughts are with him and his family as well.”

People have been advised not to handle unrecognised objects they find around them. The area where the couple encountered the poison is being thoroughly searched.

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