Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Woman exposed to nerve agent dies

Woman exposed to nerve agent dies

Dawn Sturgess, 44, was one of five people who have become became critically after being exposed to the military-grade nerve agent in the Salisbury area.

The police have launched an investigation after Dawn Sturgess, 44, died on Sunday evening at Salisbury District Hospital, Scotland Yard said.

Russia, which is now hosting the soccer World Cup, has denied any involvement in the Skripal case and suggested the British security services had carried out the attack to stoke anti-Moscow hysteria.

Russian officials dismissed any claims that the Kremlin was responsible for the death of a British woman near Salisbury, in an incident that United Kingdom officials described as another case of the Novichok poisoning.

It is unknown if the incident is connected to the major police investigation in the the Novichok poisoning crisis.

Police said that on Saturday, June 30, authorities took Sturgess to the hospital after they were called to a residence in Amesbury, England, and found her collapsed there.

'It's not looking good for Charlie either, ' Ms Sturgess's mother Caroline said.

Mr Javid said there were "no plans" for further sanctions against Russian Federation, but he repeated the government's assessment that Russian Federation was the source of the Novichok.

Wiltshire Police constable Kier Pritchard said "today is the day we hoped would never come" as he urged those with questions to speak to officers patrolling the community.

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Amber Rudd, Mr Javid's predecessor who resigned in April, had previously visited the site in Salisbury where Russian ex-spy Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with Novichok.

Novichok, which the Soviets developed in the 1970s and 1980s as a next-generation nerve agent deadlier than others like VX or sarin, was the chemical authorities identified as the substance behind the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal, his daugher Yulia, and a police officer in Salisbury in March.

The UK government previously blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning of the Skripals in March and say the nerve agent used was a type developed by Russian Federation.

Giving the latest update on the investigation, the Metropolitan Police's Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said it is believed the latest victims received a "high dose" of the agent after handling a contaminated container.

Police said they could not yet say whether the nerve agent in the Amesbury case was linked to the Salisbury attack - but it was their main line of inquiry.

This poses "a danger not only for the British, but for other Europeans", he said.

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".

The police officer added: "The investigation must be led by the evidence available and the facts alone".

Britain has called on Russian Federation to answer questions about where the nerve agent came from.

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