British woman dies following Novichok poisoning
By Paul Sandle
LONDON (Reuters) – A 44-yr-aged British female died on Sunday after being exposed to the Novichok nerve agent in western England just a number of miles from exactly where Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter ended up struck down by the same agent four months ago.
Law enforcement explained they have been continuing to examine how Dawn Sturgess and a 45-12 months-outdated guy, named by media as Charlie Rowley, came across an product contaminated with Novichok, which was created by the Soviet military for the duration of the Chilly War.
The March attack on the Skripals prompted the biggest Western expulsion of Russian diplomats given that the Cold War as allies sided with Britain’s view that Moscow was either responsible or had lost management of the nerve agent.
Moscow strike back again by expelling Western diplomats.
The demise of Sturgess was being investigated as a murder, police stated in a statement.
Primary Minister Theresa May well stated she was appalled and shocked by the death.
The poisoning of the Skripals with Novichok was the to start with acknowledged offensive use of these types of a chemical weapon on European soil considering that Entire world War Two.
Russia, which is at this time internet hosting the soccer Entire world Cup, has denied any involvement in the March incident and advised the British safety DC escort companies experienced carried out the assault to stoke anti-Moscow hysteria.
The two Britons have been taken unwell on June 30 in Amesbury, a city in southwest England, 11 km (7 miles) from Salisbury, where by Skripal and his daughter Yulia had been attacked in March.
Police said the 45-calendar year-previous gentleman remained critically ill in healthcare facility.
Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of United kingdom Counter Terrorism policing, stated Sturgess’ dying was “surprising and tragic news”.
“Dawn leaves at the rear of her relatives, together with 3 kids, and our feelings and prayers are with them at this particularly challenging time,” he reported.
The two Britons ended up initially believed to have taken an overdose of heroin or crack cocaine.
But tests by the Porton Down armed service investigation centre confirmed they had been uncovered to Novichok. Britain has notified the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Britain’s inside minister Sajid Javid said before on Sunday that police were being nonetheless doing the job to learn how the two people were exposed to the nerve agent.
They experienced a doing the job speculation that the two poisoning incidents had been linked, he said, even though he included that there were being no existing strategies for further sanctions versus Russia.
The investigation is remaining led by detectives from Britain’s Counter Terrorism Policing Network and close to 100 detectives are functioning round the clock along with colleagues from Wiltshire police.
(Reporting by Paul Sandle, crafting by Male Faulconbridge Editing by Keith Weir and James Dalgleish)