U.K. nerve agent victim regains consciousness after Novichok poisoning

Dawn Sturgess has died

Rowley is in critical condition. He is in a critical but stable condition, and is now conscious. "Charlie is still very unwell and will continue to require specialist, round-the-clock care here at Salisbury District Hospital".

Ms Sturgess lived in Salisbury, and the couple had been in the city before going to Mr Rowley's flat in nearby Amesbury on Friday 29 June.

He said: "The brutal fact is we don't know where (Mr Rowley and Ms Sturgess) found it".

The family of a woman killed by a nerve agent have paid tribute to a "gentle soul who was generous to a fault" as her boyfriend's condition improved slightly.

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

She is said to have received a "high dose" after handling a contaminated container, possibly left behind after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skirpal and his daughter Yulia. The two of them spent many weeks in hospital but survived the attack.

Detectives are still investigating the attempted murders of the Skripals and are considering whether the separate incidents may be linked.

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Basu expressed sorrow for the death of Sturgess, who had three children.

The UK government has blamed Russian Federation for the incident, but the country's authorities deny any involvement.

Basu added that there was no evidence to suggest the couple had visited any of the Salisbury sites that were decontaminated in the four months since the Skripals fell ill.

Central to the investigation is John Baker House, the supported-living accommodation where Ms Sturgess lived; Mr Rowley's home in Amesbury, and Salisbury's Queen Elizabeth Gardens, which remains cordoned off.

Dame Sally said it is "particularly important" for families to take care as the summer holidays begin for children.

The family statement comes hours after police removed a vehicle from an address in Swindon - 40 miles from the town of Salisbury which is the centre of the investigation.

A red Ford Transit van which Mr Rowley had been a passenger in and a bus taken by the pair the night before they became ill have also been taken away for testing.

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