Woman poisoned with nerve agent Novichok dies, British police say

Woman poisoned with nerve agent Novichok dies, British police say

Woman poisoned with nerve agent Novichok dies, British police say

Prime Minister Theresa said she was "appalled and shocked by the death", and announced that incident is now being investigated as a murder.

Hobson said he went to Rowley's house on Saturday as Sturgess was being taken to hospital and stayed with Rowley for several hours until he too began to complain of feeling ill.

Police think 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess and her partner, 45-year-old Charley Rowley, had secondary exposure to the chemical weapon used in the attack on the Skripals.

The Guardian is reporting that the woman exposed to the Russian nerve agent Novichok has died.

The pair, both in their mid-40s and reportedly with no political background to suggest they may have been deliberately targeted in an attack, are at the centre of the second apparent Novichock nerve agent incident in the United Kingdom in four months.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of UK Counter Terrorism policing, said: "This is shocking and tragic news".

On June 29, the couple were spotted together at Ms Sturgess' homeless shelter, the John Baker House in Salisbury, at around 12.20pm.

Mr Rowley remains at hospital in critical condition. Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury in the spring, according to the British government.

On Saturday, a police officer who attended hospital over concerns he may have been exposed to novichok has been given the all-clear.

Basu said that Sturgess leaves behind three children, and offered thoughts and prayers for the woman's family.

A spokesman said the investigators are "not in a position to say whether the nerve agent was from the same batch that the Skirpals were exposed to".

While the United Kingdom and the West immediately blamed Russian Federation for the Skripal poisoning, the public has yet to be provided with any credible evidence to back up the claim.

Officials said there was only a "low risk" to the wider public, but urged anyone who had visited the affected sites wash their clothes and wipe down personal items. They were also treated at Salisbury District Hospital.

Meanwhile the investigation into the attempted murders of the Skripals is ongoing as detectives continue to assess all the evidence available.

More than 100 police officers have been working to locate a small vial or other container thought to have held the nerve agent that sickened the two.

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