Parents of Dawn Sturgess feel “abandoned” by British Government

Fleet Street veteran and author Tony Bassett interviews parents of Wiltshire novichok victim Dawn Sturgess

The parents of murdered British mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess have spoken of how they feel “abandoned” by the British Government as the second anniversary of the Wiltshire novichok poisonings approaches.

Dawn’s father, retired builder Stan Sturgess, said: “We’ve had no contact from the Government at all and nothing from our MP. We’ve been left very much on our own.”

The couple were speaking to Palamedes PR client, author Tony Bassett, whose new spy thriller, the Lazarus Charter, was inspired by events in Salisbury in 2018.

Dawn, aged 44, died at Salisbury District Hospital eight days after coming into contact with novichok.

Mr Tony Bassett News Shopper
Fleet Street reporter and author Tony Bassett

Mr Sturgess, speaking from his home in nearby Durrington, said : “Our anguish goes on. Obviously, we feel abandoned. We’ve heard nothing.

“Apart from the lack of interest from the Government, the date of the inquest into Dawn’s death keeps getting put off.

“This is partly because the family have challenged the scope of the inquest, but all the same it adds to our ordeal.”

The couple added they were pleased that Tony’s new contemporary spy thriller, The Lazarus Charter, has been dedicated to Dawn.

Caroline Sturgess, Dawn’s mother, said: “We are so grateful that Tony got in touch with us and told us about his book. We both hope it is well received by the public. What a lovely gesture to dedicate the book to Dawn.”

Mr Bassett is a retired Fleet Street reporter now based in Bexley. His local newspaper, the News Shopper, has reported on him dedicating his novel to the memory of Dawn Sturgess.

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