British poisoning victim Charlie Rowley regains consciousness

Russia Responds to British Defense Minister's Novichok Accusation

Russia Responds to British Defense Minister's Novichok Accusation

Mum-of-three Dawn, 44, of Amesbury, Wilts, died on Sunday.

Police have launched a murder inquiry following the death of Ms Sturgess at Salisbury District Hospital, after concerns the pair were exposed to novichok through a contaminated item left over from the attack on the Skripals.

Yulia Skripal, Sergei's daughter, was in a coma for 20 days after she was attacked and was eventually discharged about five weeks after the poisoning.

Salisbury Hospital said overnight that Charlie Rowley has experienced a "small but significant improvement" and is now conscious.

The backdrop to this meeting was British but the issue was global as police issued a Novichok warning to the residents of Salisbury.

"Dawn will always be remembered by us as a gentle soul who was generous to a fault", they said in a statement released by London's Metropolitan Police.

Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the attack on the Skripals - a charge strongly denied by Moscow which has challenged British authorities to publish the evidence.

He said scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down will work hard to determine whether the nerve agents in the two incidents were from the same batch.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of United Kingdom counter-terrorism policing, which is leading the investigation, said police are looking for a container contaminated with Novichok which the pair are believed to have handled. "Our focus and priority at this time is to identify and locate any container that we believe may be the source of the contamination".

"It was subsequently taken to DSTL and following further scientific advice, the investigation team also carried out forensic enquiries on the bus as they look to establish the point at which Dawn and Charlie were contaminated with the nerve agent". She had two sons, aged 19 and 23, and an 11-year-old daughter.

Public Health England has offered advice for people who may have visited one of five areas identified by police.

They are working on the theory that Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley handled some sort of container which the nerve agent was in.

Anyone who was there between 22:00 BST on 29 June and 18:30 on 30 June should continue to follow advice, including washing their clothes in a washing machine.

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