Woman poisoned by Russian nerve agent in Amesbury dies in hospital

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The woman left critically ill after being exposed to a Russian nerve agent has died, Scotland Yard said.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, came into contact with Novichok in the town of Amesbury, Wiltshire.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she is appalled and shocked by Ms Sturgess death.

Woman poisoned by Russian nerve agent in Amesbury dies in hospital

Dawn Sturgess was exposed to the lethal substance on Sunday evening

Scotland Yard has opened a murder inquiry after Ms Sturgess died in hospital on Sunday evening.

Charlie Rowley, 45, who was also exposed to the substance, remains in a critical condition in hospital, police said.

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They fell ill on June 30 after the exposure to the same type of nerve agent used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury In March.

Police suspect they were exposed through a contaminated item left over from the first attack, which Britain blames on Russia.



Russia has denied the allegation.

Dawn Sturgess Picture: Dawn Sturgess METRO GRAB taken from: Credit: Facebook

Ms Sturgess died in hospital on Sunday evening (Picture: Facebook)

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In a statement, the prime minister said: I am appalled and shocked by the death of Dawn Sturgess, and my thoughts and condolences go to her family and loved ones.

Police and security officials are working urgently to establish the facts of this incident, which is now being investigated as a murder.

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The Government is committed to providing full support to the local community as it deals with this tragedy.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, 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.

Emergency workers in military protective suits search the fenced off John Baker House for homeless people on Rollestone Street in Salisbury, England, Friday, July 6, 2018. British police are scouring sections of Salisbury and Amesbury in southwest England, searching for a container feared to be contaminated with traces of the deadly nerve agent Novichok. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Emergency workers in military protective suits search a property in Salisbury on Friday (Picture: AP)

Police officers stand guard outside Amesbury Baptist Centre in Amesbury, southern England, on July 7, 2018. The exposure of an apparently random British couple to the same nerve agent used against former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, in the same part of southwest England, has sent officials scrambling to discover the source of the contamination. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images

Police officers stand guard outside Amesbury Baptist Centre (Picture: Getty)

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.

This terrible 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.

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Detectives will continue with their painstaking and meticulous work to gather all the available evidence so that we can understand how two citizens came to be exposed with such a deadly substance that tragically cost Dawn her life.

Dawns family has asked the media to kindly respect their privacy at this difficult time.



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