UK: Woman exposed to Novichok dies in hospital – Murder investigation launched

A woman who was exposed to the nerve agent novichok in Amesbury, Wiltshire, died in hospital on Sunday evening. The Met police have launched a murder investigation.

The woman was identified by police as Dawn Sturgess, 44, from Durrington. Her family has been informed and are receiving support from specially trained officers.

A 45-year-old man who was also taken in remains in a critical condition in hospital.

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Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were infected by the deadly nerve agent after picking up a contaminated item near where ex-spy Sergei Skripal was found unconscious in Salisbury.

The couple, both known to struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, were treated at Salisbury District Hospital.

A police officer was also treated for symptoms there, but was last night given the all clear by medics.

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Scotland Yard said they have launched a murder investigation – the second major probe involving the nerve agent this year, following the case of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.

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