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Safety first for mourners at funeral for Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess

By Henry Vaughan

Safety measures are in place to protect mourners at the funeral of Novichok murder victim Dawn Sturgess.

The mother-of-three will be cremated in Salisbury today, close to where Russian former spy Sergei Skripal's wife and son were laid to rest.

Rev Philip Bromiley, who will lead the service, said the funeral directors have been working with Public Health England (PHE) and the crematorium to put measures in place to ensure everything is as safe as possible.

"One of the things that it will entail is there won't be any pallbearers and the coffin will be in situ before we arrive, so obviously there's probably been precautions around that and the coffin itself," he told the Press Association.

"I have got every confidence in the powers-that-be that they know what they're doing."

PHE would not comment on the funeral, but a spokeswoman repeated the general advice to the public that the risk remains "low".

Ms Sturgess died, aged 44, on July 8 after she and her partner Charlie Rowley fell ill after coming into contact with Novichok at the end of June.

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