Novichok: Murder inquiry after Dawn Sturgess dies


[Editor’s note: So, one of the ‘victims’ of the alleged ‘Novichok’ poisoning has died, or at least, that is the official story, colour me suspicious, but nothing about this case rings true and I would not be at all surprised if the woman is still very much alive and living a new life somewhere.

It is not hard to see how a homeless, alcoholic drug addict could be enticed to cooperate in a fraud like this, although conversely, it is also easy to believe that she has been murdered by those responsible for planning and carrying out this psy op.

I say psy op because it is blatantly obvious that the whole farce was dreamed up as a way to further demonise Russia and to instil a sense of fear and loathing of Russia in the hearts and minds of the British sheeple.

All of this psy op along with the resultant police work and perhaps NHS treatment is at tax payer’s expense, which really makes my blood boil – using our own money to concoct and carry out. As a Briton, I am also deeply embarrassed by the whole farrago. Ian]

Novichok: Murder inquiry after Dawn Sturgess dies

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a woman exposed to nerve agent Novichok in Wiltshire died.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died in hospital on Sunday evening after falling ill on 30 June.

Charlie Rowley, 45, who was also exposed to the nerve agent in Amesbury, remains critically ill in hospital.

Theresa May said she was “appalled and shocked” by the death, which comes after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

A post-mortem examination of Ms Sturgess, from Durrington, is due to take place and her family has been informed, police said.

The couple touched a contaminated item with their hands but police have not identified the source

The investigation is being led by detectives from the Counter-Terrorism Policing Network and about 100 detectives are working on the case alongside Wiltshire Police.

Officers are still trying to work out how Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley were exposed to the nerve agent although tests have confirmed they touched a contaminated item with their hands.

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.

“The 45-year-old man who fell ill with Dawn remains critically ill in hospital and our thoughts are with him and his family as well.”

Mr Basu said the death “has only served to strengthen our resolve to identify and bring to justice the person or persons responsible for what I can only describe as an outrageous, reckless and barbaric act”.

He said: “Detectives will continue with their painstaking and meticulous work to gather all the available evidence so that we can understand how two citizens came to be exposed with such a deadly substance that tragically cost Dawn her life.”

Dr Christine Blanshard, medical director at Salisbury District Hospital where Ms Sturgess died, said it was “desperately sad” and she expressed condolences to the 44-year-old’s family.

She said: “The staff here at Salisbury District Hospital worked tirelessly to save Dawn. Our staff are talented, dedicated and professional and I know today they will be hurting too.

“They did everything they could.”

Mr Rowley is also being treated at the hospital.

A police officer who was tested for Novichok poisoning was given the all clear.

The couple collapsed at a flat on Muggleton Road in Amesbury on 30 June


Mrs May sent her “thoughts and condolences” and said officials are “working urgently to establish the facts”.

She said: “The government is committed to providing full support to the local community as it deals with this tragedy.”

British diplomat Julian King, the European Commissioner responsible for the EU’s security union, said: “Those behind this are murderers.”

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “This desperately sad news only strengthens our resolve to find out exactly what has happened.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was “shocked”, adding: “A full and thorough police investigation must now establish the facts, provide support to the local community and bring those responsible to justice.”

Public Health England said the risk to the general public “remains low”.

Professor Paul Cosford said: “As a precaution we still advise the public not to pick up any strange items such as needles, syringes or unusual containers.”

He also said people in five locations between 22:00 BST on 29 June and 18:30 on 30 June continue to follow advice, namely: “Wash your clothes in a washing machine and to keep your items double-bagged and securely fastened, if they are dry-clean only.”

Those locations are Muggleton Road, Boots pharmacy and the Baptist church in Amebsury, and John Baker House and Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury.

‘Unwilling victim’

Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire police and crime commissioner, said he was “horrified and appalled”.

He said: “Ms Sturgess was an innocent member of the public who should have been able to go about her daily life without becoming an unwilling victim in such an unprecedented, international, incident.”

By BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner

The working hypothesis is that the pair became contaminated after touching a poison container left over from the March attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

The death of Dawn Sturgess, a British citizen on British soil, now changes the investigation to a murder inquiry, with all the diplomatic and security ramifications that carries.

Britain has been blaming Moscow for the original attack in March, saying there is no plausible alternative to the Kremlin having ordered the assassination attempt.

Russia has denied any involvement, suggesting instead this was the action of a weak British government looking to undermine the success of the current World Cup being hosted by Russia.

The next few days are likely to see further accusations and counter-accusations.

The poisoning of the Skripals, both of whom spent weeks in hospital before being discharged, was blamed by the UK government on Russia.

Yulia Skripal and her father Sergei were exposed to Novichok in Salisbury in March

Russian authorities denied any involvement.

After the hospitalisation of Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley, Mr Javid accused the Russian state of using Britain as a “dumping ground for poison”.

The Russian Embassy hit back, accusing the government of trying to “muddy the waters” and “frighten its own citizens”.

In a statement, the Met Police said the possibility the poisoning of the Skripals and Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley are linked is a “clear line of inquiry”.

A spokesman said the investigators are “not in a position to say whether the nerve agent was from the same batch that the Skirpals were exposed to”.

He also said: “There is no evidence that (Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley) visited any of the sites that were decontaminated following the attempted murders of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.”


  1. The sickening thing is that the British Bullshit Corporation (BBC) wire feeds are regurgitated on Radio New Zealand National, as if they had any veracity. Starts with something like “among several possibilities” and then goes into an anti Russian diatribe. That and the Hooray Henry/Poobah voices that ring in my colonial ears. The WW2 veterans hated the British Cavalry Types, whose tanks abandoned the 2nd NZEF on several occasions in the Western Desert and it was 9 Aussie, Scots Highlanders, 4th Indians and 2nd NZEF who won the first Allied Victory at El Alamein. Later Freyberg insisted that one brigade was retrained as tankers to avoid dealing with the Braying Hooray Henrys. One of the presenters on RNZ National was a former Embedded Journalist with the Brit Army – can you believe that?

  2. I still say these two were deliberately targeted because they were expendable addicts. I also believe that she is dead – more bs anti Russian propaganda and no loose ends on her part. I fully expect Rowley will be eliminated – if not from this but by other means.

  3. These “victims” touched something, an “item” that got them so ill they, later, died.

    And this “item” was placed where, by whom? A person wearing a HAZ MAT suit?!? Because if this shlt is so toxic that it can kill TWO people merely by the touch, then wouldn’t the person placing the “item” have to be wearing a HAZ MAT suit just to avoid their own contamination and demise?

    OMIGOSH — this is hilarious.

    Just how was this “item” identified as the source of the . . . cue diabolical music . . . Novichok?

    Was the “item” left in place AFTER the “victims” touched it? If the “victims” could come in contact with it, and DIE, then why aren’t other “victims” dropping like flies? If an “item” — any “item” — appears innocuous, then how, pray tell, is it: a) discovered as the source, and b) identified as the . . . murder weapon?!?

    • So, if I get the story straight, thus far: two down trodden addicts touched an “item” which was schmeared with Novichok. It must have been an innocuous “item” that would have been touched by the innocent “victims.”

      Because, I’m willing to wager a bet, these two folk weren’t on the A-list of chemical scientists at Porton Down, they touched had to have been something BOTH people would have touched in a normally occurring event. No?!? And yet . . . no one else touched the “item” but these two.

      And the crack team of investigators told the press the “victims” — and BOTH of them — touched an “item.” And this crack team just happenw to know where the “item” was located that these two touched? Was it marked with the SKULL and CROSS BONES — POISON? How did the crack pipe team of investigators discern the “item” was Novichok death courier? And BOTH people touched the same item? Was it their crack pipe, their liquor bottle? Not to disparage the addicts, but COME ON . . . what “item” is placed where these two just happened to find it . . . BOTH touch it . . . BOTH become so ill they die . . . and yet, no one else comes in contact with it? Just these two?

    • *whatever they touched . . .

      Hey, look Dawn, I found an “item”. Here . . . touch it. Now, let’s return the “item” to where we found it . . . and drop dead two days later. How about you . . . You in??

      Yeah, I can totally see how that would happen and play out {rolling eyes}

    • “Hey, look Dawn, I found an “item”. Here . . . touch it. Now, let’s return the “item” to where we found it . . . and drop dead two days later. How about you . . . You in??”
      Thanks for the laugh, MOAB!
      Monthy Python and Great Britain are one!

  4. Too bad the one sacrificed wasn’t a politician. But now, with no novichokov and no leads – will they bring in Scotland Yard or the newly designated UN Chemical Team to make up another No Evidence Conviction? The British Government will stoop as Low as has to – in order to cover their butts on this one. Tell everyone to go watch the World Cup — It’s 10Xs safer !

  5. Dawn Sturgess captured on CCTV hours before ‘Novichok’ poisoning – Daily Mail Looks more like alcohol poisoning, beer and liquor, etc. may be also other drugs given the looks. “This is the moment Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess was captured on CCTV buying alcohol just over 24 hours before she was found frothing at the mouth and taken into intensive care. The footage, obtained exclusively by MailOnline, shows the blonde and gaunt addict smiling and laughing at an off licence at the bottom of Rollestone Street in Salisbury, where her homeless hostel is located, unaware that by Saturday she would be fighting for her life. Ozzy Hayatsu, the owner of the Best 1 Local off licence who sold her four cans of Karpackie beer for £6.99, said: ‘She seemed happy.” Not just beer by the way, hard alcohol as well.

  6. This woman destroyed her own life. Being a drug addict and alcoholic destroys the immune system and the body’s ability to fend off any infection.
    As far as the claims made by the British clown government……really reaching aren’t you? What’s next? Maybe actually bombing a small community somewhere in Somerset and blaming it on those evil Ruskies.
    I was suspicious from the very first report. Now doubly suspicious.
    You just can’t trust anything the Brits say.Liars from the word go. The real evil is No.10 Downing, MI6 the palace and of course parliament.

  7. It’s a pity some of the billionaire Royal parasites or Israel lover whores in Parliament didn’t bump into this stuff. At least this would have provided some benefit to the country and world.

  8. One would imagine with all the prior medical expertise garnered from coaxing the Skripals back to health that both patients would have been fine by now in ordinary circumstances. But these are not ordinary circumstances where dark forces with darker intent have pulled the curtains and the blinds and the blanket over the eyes of the dead Ms. Sturgess and the eyes of the sleeping public in general. Everything is being ‘put in’ place to continue the anti-Russia rant. Soon, hopefully, Corbyn will be in charge and rectify it all when May goes bye-byes at the polls and the hustings and is hustled out of Downing Street with alacrity.

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