Inquest opens into British woman poisoned by nerve agent

Inquest opens into British woman poisoned by nerve agent

Meanwhile, Mr Hope has said it could be "weeks or even months" before his mother can be buried - and claimed police told him that her body is now "property of the Crown".

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died July 7, a week after she and her partner Charlie Rowley were found unconscious in the town of Amesbury, about 10 miles from Salisbury.

The investigators believe several Russians are behind the attack.

Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, had been poisoned by Novichok that had been placed on the front door of Skripal's home in Salisbury, England.

Asked in a Fox News interview about the British government's assertion that Moscow was behind the Novichok attack on the former spy Sergei Skripal, Putin said London had not provided any evidence to back up their claim.

It is not clear yet whether the Novichok that poisoned Sturgess and Rowley were from the same batch as the one used on the Skripals.

"When I spoke to him yesterday he was shouting 'they have killed my girlfriend, they have killed my girlfriend, '" Matthew Rowley said.

Sergei Skripal served in the GRU, which is also cited in charges by US officials related to alleged Russian hacking in the 2016 presidential election.

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A police spokesman declined to comment on the report.

The Russian President hit out at "ungrounded accusations" that his country was behind the nerve agent attack in Salisbury and demanded to see evidence. Security Minister Ben Wallace was dismissive, saying it belonged to the "ill informed and wild speculation folder".

Matthew Rowley said his brother Charlie, who is conscious but seriously ill after he was exposed to the poison, told him he picked up the container.

Dawn Sturgess, the British woman killed by the nerve agent novichok, may have sprayed it on herself from a perfume bottle. Police believe they came into contact with the substance via the door handle of Sergei Skripal's house.

Russian Federation has denied poisoning the Skripals, sparking a diplomatic row that has led to tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions between Britain and its allies and Russian Federation.

The United Kingdom has invited independent chemical-weapons experts to visit this week and independently confirm the nerve agent suspected in the case.

Authorities have confiscated more than 400 items in total from Rowley's home and other sites the couple may have visited leading up to their symptoms.

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