Improvment in condition of Charlie Rowley, boyfriend of novichok victim Dawn Sturgess

Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess

Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess

In a statement, Sturgess' family said her death has been "devastating" for them.

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

As the mother-of-three's family on Tuesday told of their devastation and remembered the 44-year-old as having "the biggest of hearts", authorities issued fresh public health warnings. "Charlie is still very unwell and will continue to require specialist, round-the-clock care here at Salisbury District Hospital".

A police officer stands at a cordon around a public litter bin next to a supported housing project in Salisbury on July 5 after two people were exposed to Novichok nerve agent.

Police are now searching for a "contaminated item" that could have exposed the pair to the nerve agent, which is the same substance found in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripel and his daughter Yulia in nearby Salisbury.

British officials have demanded answers from Moscow for the latest poisoning.

Charlie Rowley, 45, woke up Tuesday at Salisbury Hospital in London.

The Kremlin said it was sorry to hear of Ms Sturgess's death but called the suggestion that Russian Federation was involved "absurd".

Mr Williamson went one stage further and said: 'The simple reality is that Russian Federation has committed an attack on British soil which has seen the death of a British citizen.

Dawn was from Salisbury and was taken ill at her partner Mr Rowley's flat in nearby Amesbury.

The Ministry of Defence is working with the police on the investigation and the clear-up effort, with 175 armed forces personnel involved.

The pair fell ill at Rowley's home in Amesbury, near Salisbury, on 30 June.

Police are yet to recover the contaminated container and Public Health England have warned against picking up 'any odd items such as needles, syringes or unusual containers'.

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

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that linking Russian Federation to the poisoning would be 'absurd'.

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