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Family of Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess pay tribute

Family of Dawn Sturgess release a new photograph

The family of Dawn Sturgess, who died at Salisbury District Hospital on Sunday have released a written statement in tribute to her, calling her 'a gentle soul who was generous to a fault.'.

The mother-of-three was exposed to the Novichok nerve agent in Wiltshire. The police believe that the 44-year-old and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, handled a container of some sort which contained the deadly chemical. Mr Rowley remains in hospital in a critical condition.

A police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is underway. Police officers are searching areas the couple visited before falling ill, in a bid to find the as yet unidentified vessel or container.

“Dawn's death has been devastating for us. Dawn will always be remembered by us as a gentle soul who was generous to a fault.

“She would do anything for anybody and those who knew Dawn would know that she would gladly give her last penny to somebody in need.

“She had the biggest of hearts and she will be dreadfully missed by both her immediate and wider family.

“Our thoughts and prayers also go out to Charlie and his family and we wish Charlie a speedy recovery.

“We would like to take this opportunity to pass on our sincerest thanks to all of the NHS staff involved in Dawn's care, especially the wonderful doctors and nurses at Salisbury District Hospital who we know afforded Dawn every possible chance of survival and treated her with the utmost care and dignity.

“We would also like to pass on our thanks to the police and the local community for their support.

“Finally, we would respectfully request that the media allow us the privacy to come to terms with the circumstances in which we find ourselves. We now need time and space to grieve and would also ask that people stop speculating about Dawn and what has happened.”

– Family tribute to Dawn Sturgess