Amesbury incident: Dawn Sturgess dies after being exposed to novichok

A woman exposed to novichok has died in hospital eight days after being taken ill.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner are thought to have handled a “contaminated item” in Salisbury on 29 June, before falling ill in Amesbury the following morning.

Police said her relatives have been informed and are receiving support from specially trained family liaison officers. 

Ms Sturgess’ partner, 45-year-old Charlie Rowley, remains critically ill at Salisbury District Hospital.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of UK counterterror 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 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. 

“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.

“Dawn’s family has asked the media to kindly respect their privacy at this difficult time.”


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