United Kingdom woman dies after being exposed to nerve agent novichok

United Kingdom woman dies after being exposed to nerve agent novichok

The UK's top counter-terrorism officer says police are unable to confirm whether the Novichok nerve agent to which a couple was exposed in Amesbury was from the same batch used to poison the Skripals in Salisbury last March.

Sturgess and a 45-year-old man fell critically ill on June 30th in the southern English town of Amesbury.

"Dawn leaves behind her family, including three children, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely hard time", he said. The Government is committed to providing full support to local community while confronting this tragedy.

Following the latest poisonings, Public Health England said the risk to the public remains low, but advised against picking up odd items like needles, syringes and unusual containers.

But tests by the Porton Down military research centre showed they had been exposed to Novichok.

London's Metropolitan Police Department identified the woman as 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess of Durrington.

The death of Sturgess was being investigated as a murder, police said.

"The bus was identified and seized by Wiltshire Police on July 4, initially as a precautionary measure to ensure there was no risk to the public", a spokesman said.


A further 21 individuals who said they were concerned about possible exposure to novichok have been screened and cleared.

Shortly after the news of Sturgess' passing broke, British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement saying that she is "appalled and shocked" by the development, while extending her condolences to the woman's family.

"I can assure the people of South Wiltshire that the police will be given all necessary resources to find out exactly what has transpired and bring those responsible to justice".

Police warn police cordons are likely to remain in the place for a considerable period of time for the "public's safety" and to allow officers to gather crucial investigation.

Rowley regularly scavenged for goods to fix and sell, leading to the possibility that he and Sturgess might have inadvertently found the container used to transport the Novichok.

The investigation, led by anti-terrorist Unit of police, which has deployed a hundred agents, still tries to determine how y were exposed to toxic substance Rowley and Sturgess, mor of three children.

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.

Scotland Yard said there is no evidence that the victims of the Amesbury incident visited any of the sites that were decontaminated following the Skripal case.

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