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Timeline of events leading up to and including the Amesbury poisonings

AOL 2018-07-09 07:23:03

Mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess has died in hospital having been exposed to nerve agent Novichok - just four months after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned.

Ms Sturgess's partner Charlie Rowley, 45, is still in a critical condition after the couple fell ill in Amesbury, Wiltshire, last Saturday.

The Press Association looks at how events have unfolded.

Saturday, March 3 2018
Ms Skripal lands at Heathrow at 2.40pm.

March 4
Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter, 33, are found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury.

March 5
Mr Skripal and his daughter are publicly identified and declared "critically ill" in hospital.

Yulia Skripal, who was contaminated with the nerve agent Novichok along with her father Sergei Skripal in March (Dylan Martinez/PA)

March 6
Speculation mounts about Russian involvement in the incident and counter-terrorism officers take over the investigation. The Russian Embassy accuses the media and Government of "anti-Russian" sentiment.

March 7
Police say a nerve agent was used to poison the pair, and the case is being treated as attempted murder.

March 8
Then home secretary Amber Rudd says a Wiltshire police officer, Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, is seriously ill in hospital.

March 11
Up to 500 diners and pub-goers are told to wash clothes and other items after traces of a nerve agent are found in The Mill pub and the nearby Zizzi restaurant - venues visited by the Skripals.

Members of the public walk past the Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury in the aftermath of the nerve agent attack (David Mirzoeff/PA)

March 12
Prime Minister Theresa May tells the House of Commons that the nerve agent is of Russian origin and the Government has concluded it is "highly likely" that Russia is responsible for the poisoning.

March 13
The Russian Embassy in the UK says Moscow "will not respond to London's ultimatum". It emerges that 38 people received medical treatment in the aftermath of the attack.

March 14
Mrs May tells MPs the UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats, calling the incident an "unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the UK".

March 15
Leaders of Britain, the US, Germany and France issue a joint statement blaming Russia for the attack.

March 17
Russia announces the expulsion of 23 UK diplomats and says it will shut down the British Council and British Consulate in St Petersburg.

March 22
Det Sgt Bailey is discharged from hospital, but says in a statement: "Normal life for me will probably never be the same."

March 26
Britain's allies announce that more than 100 Russian agents are being sent home from 22 countries in what Mrs May calls the "largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history".

March 28
Scotland Yard reveals Mr Skripal and his daughter first came into contact with the nerve agent at his home.

The two patients exposed to a nerve agent in in Salisbury remain in a critical condition. https://t.co/ST6zHkTXeT

Any images/footage that may aid the @TerrorismPolice investigation can be uploaded here: https://t.co/JkTGVZZbG1pic.twitter.com/Ua8LFDqSfH

-- Wiltshire Police (@wiltshirepolice) March 17, 2018

April 3
The head of the Porton Down military research facility says his scientists have not verified that the nerve agent used in Salisbury came from Russia.

April 10
The hospital announces Ms Skripal has been discharged from hospital.

April 17
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says the Novichok used to attack the Skripals was delivered in a "liquid form".

May 18
It is announced Mr Skripal has been discharged from Salisbury District Hospital after more than two months of treatment.

May 26
Businesses in the Maltings area of Salisbury reopen following the attack.

Prime Minster @theresa_may has been meeting the emergency service personnel in #Salisbury following the recent major incident. Here she meets PC Jared Yalden on the Mill Pub cordon with @wiltspoliceCC and @JohnGlenUKpic.twitter.com/mgtY0kyKwj

-- Wiltshire Police (@wiltshirepolice) March 15, 2018

June 4
Wiltshire Police's response to the attack in Salisbury is expected to cost ÂŁ7.5 million.

June 24
Homes, cars and possessions belonging to Mr Skripal and Det Sgt Bailey will be bought by taxpayers in a ÂŁ1 million deal, it has been reported.

June 29
Britain has exterminated evidence related to the poisonings and has benefited politically from the incident, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has claimed.

June 30:
Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley fall ill at a property in Muggleton Road in Amesbury - eight miles from Salisbury - and are taken to hospital.

July 2
Wiltshire Police warn of the dangers of contaminated drugs after the couple fall ill. Detectives believe they may have taken heroin or crack cocaine. The pair are in a serious condition at Salisbury District Hospital.

Police cordon at Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury, Wiltshire (PA)

July 4
In the early hours, police declare a "major incident" after revealing that Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley have been exposed to an "unknown substance". Cordons are put in place at several locations across Amesbury and Salisbury.

Later that night, Scotland Yard reveals that tests show the couple - who have not been formally named - had been exposed to Novichok. Police were unable to say whether it was the same batch that the Skripals were exposed to.

July 5
Home Secretary Sajid Javid accuses the Russian state of using Britain as a "dumping ground for poison", and demands that the Kremlin provide an explanation for the two episodes.

July 6
Forensic investigators in hazardous material suits and gas masks begin searching the building where Ms Sturgess lives.

July 7
A police officer attends hospital over concerns of a possible exposure to Novichok - he later tests negative for the nerve agent.

Home Secretary @sajidjavid spent this morning in Salisbury and Amesbury. He met with first responders from the police, @DWFireRescue, @swasFT, and @SalisburyNHS, as well as visiting the cordons in Amesbury and speaking with some of the residents affected by the major incident. pic.twitter.com/jIQRemxNf2

-- Wiltshire Police (@wiltshirepolice) July 8, 2018

Statement from Chief Constable Kier Pritchard following the death of Dawn Sturgess. Our thoughts remain with Dawn's family & friends at this time. https://t.co/dpRiigHhvc

-- Wiltshire Police (@wiltshirepolice) July 8, 2018

July 8
Mr Javid, on a visit to Wiltshire, says there will be no fresh sanctions against Russia over the attacks.

Ms Sturgess dies in hospital following her exposure to Novichok.

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