Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Salisbury MP blames Putin for poisoning of Dawn Sturgess in Amesbury

Salisbury MP blames Putin for poisoning of Dawn Sturgess in Amesbury

British police say they believe the latest victims of poisoning by nerve agent Novichok must have handled the material's container.

He said Rowley remained critically ill in hospital.

A United Kingdom woman has died after being exposed to the same type of nerve agent used against a former Russian spy and his daughter, British police said in a statement Sunday.

"There can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible - only Russian Federation has the means, motive and record", Boris Johnson, Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary, said in a statement then.

The Kremlin has denied, as it did after attack on Skripal, any involvement with poisoning of Rowley and Sturgess, which it considers "deeply troubling", and called on British authorities not to incur "dirty political games" by relating Poisoning with case of Skripal.

Detectives are still investigating the attempted murders of the Skripals and are looking into whether the separate incidents may be linked.

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Sources said the searches were now focused on the hostel in Salisbury where Ms Sturgess had been living and the housing association home in Amesbury belonging to Mr Rowley, to which the couple had travelled on the evening before they fell ill.

'It's not looking good for Charlie either, ' Ms Sturgess's mother Caroline said. They had been exposed to an agent known as Novichok.

Military personnel wearing protective coveralls work behind a police station in Salisbury following an attack on a former Russian spy by a nerve agent.

For now, the British police do not have the facts that would indicate a direct link between this case and the poisoning of former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Mr Javid, who visited Wiltshire on Sunday, said Ms Sturgess's death "only strengthens our resolve to find out exactly what has happened". "I think someone from counter-terrorism needs to come here and tell us what they know", he said.

Head of Britain's counter-terrorism policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, said it was "shocking and tragic news".

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Police say the nerve agent that sickened Rowley and Sturgess was the same type that nearly killed the Skripals, but scientists haven't been able to tell whether it was from the same batch.

Salisbury District Hospital's medical director, Dr. Christine Blanshard, said the staff "worked tirelessly to save Dawn".

A red Ford Transit van in which Mr Rowley was a passenger on June 30 has also been recovered and tested as part of the murder inquiry.

This has been identified as the same type of nerve agent that contaminated both Yulia and Sergei Skripal.

The Guardian wrote that while British health officials still say there is no broader threat to the public, they are still advising locals to avoid picking up objects such as "needles, syringes and unusual containers".

On Monday, Basu said that Sturgess and Rowley got a high dose of Novichok after handling a container of the nerve agent.

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