Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

UK police cite 'high dose' in nerve agent death

UK police cite 'high dose' in nerve agent death

Dawn Sturgess, a mother of three, died on Sunday evening the Met said in a statement shortly before 10pm.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the UK's most senior counter-terrorism office, said Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley were the only people to have presented with confirmed symptoms of Novichok exposure since the attack on the Skripals and the subsequent illness of police officer Nick Bailey are he too came into contact with the substance.

Salisbury District Hospital treated Sturgess and Rowley.

According to the U.K.'s top anti-terrorism official, the A-234 Novichok nerve agent is the same chemical used in March on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia just a few miles away in southwestern England.

Britain and its allies accused Russian Federation of killing double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, while Russian Federation denies any involvement in the Skripals" case calling the allegations a "fake story'.

Police said Sturgess was at a home in Amesbury on June 30 when she became sick around 10 a.m. and was hospitalized.

Britain "understands that direct dialogue between the two superpowers is capable of reducing the level of confrontation, gradually raising the level of trust between our countries, and destroying the lies fabricated against Russia", Zheleznyak said in July 9 comments released by his party. Mr Rowley (inset), who had the highest concentrations of the nerve agent on his hands, is seen buying cans of super-strong lager and sharing a laugh with the cashier, who takes his money and packs up the alcohol for him.

British police said Monday they believe the latest victims of poisoning by a nerve agent must have handled the material's container and been subjected to a "high dose" of the lethal poison.

Skripal was a former Russian spy who became a double-agent for the United Kingdom intelligence services.

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Salisbury is where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with the same Soviet-made toxin four months ago before recovering.

Kier Pritchard, head of the county police force in Wiltshire, acknowledged that Sturgess's death "is likely to raise the level of concern in Amesbury and Salisbury".

He said: 'The simple reality is that Russian Federation has committed an attack on British soil which has seen the death of a British citizen.

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.

Police suspect Sturgess and Rowley picked up vial that contained the poison, and are trying to find out exactly what they found and where.

Novichok, which works by causing a slowing of the heart and restriction of the airways, is one of the world's rarest nerve agents.

Professor Paul Cosford, from Public Health England, said the public is still being advised not to pick up "any odd items such as needles, syringes or unusual containers".

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

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