Police have launched a murder investigation after a woman exposed to the military grade nerve agent Novichok died over the weekend.
Dawn Sturgess, 44 died from her exposure to the substance over a week ago in Amesbury, Wiltshire. Her partner, Charlie Rowley was also exposed and remains in a critical condition in hospital.
The investigation is being led by the Counter-Terrorism Policing Network with the support of 100 detectives working alongside Wiltshire Police. Investigators have priotised trying to find where the couple were exposed to the substance, but have confirmed they had touched something containing Novichok.
Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of UK Counter-Terrorism policing, said: “This is shocking and tragic news. Dawn leaves behind her family, including three children, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely difficult time.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “This desperately sad news only strengthens our resolve to find out exactly what has happened.”