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Novichok victims Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were exposed to a ‘substantially higher’ dose of the nerve agent than former KGB spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, sources said yesterday.
Mrs Sturgess, 44, died on Sunday and Mr Rowley, 45, is in a critical condition in a coma after they apparently handled an item discarded following the attack on the Skripals in Salisbury on March 4.
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The Kremlin denies accusations that it tried to assassinate Mr Skripal with Novichok and that it is responsible for the death on Sunday of Mrs Sturgess, a mother of three.
The hunt for the source of the deadly poison intensified yesterday as police admitted they may never find it.
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Police sources said a ‘working hypothesis’ was that while visiting Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on Friday, June 29, Mr Rowley and Mrs Sturgess picked up a container for the Novichok used in the attack on the Skripals that was hastily disposed of four months earlier. They then passed it between themselves, depositing the deadly toxin – which can be absorbed through the skin – on their hands.
Detectives believe either Mr Rowley or Mrs Sturgess may have carried it home, possibly thinking it was valuable – and could have dumped it in a bin, which could lead to a search of landfill sites.
Yesterday - Mrs - Sturgess - Family - Death
Yesterday, Mrs Sturgess’s grieving family said they were ‘devastated’ by her death.
Referring to Mr Rowley’s prognosis – a source said: ‘It doesn’t look good.’ He is said to have ‘just days to live’.
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Police are desperate to find the contaminated object handled by the couple to prevent anyone else picking it up. It is likely to be made of glass, but is not thought to...
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