A PRE-INQUEST review into the death of Dawn Sturgess has again been delayed.

The decision comes after Ms Sturgess' family say they intend to challenge Wiltshire's senior coroner David Ridley's "scope" of the inquest.

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A statement released today on behalf of Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner’s Service said: "Following receipt of a notification on 10 January 2020 that a family member of the Sturgess family intends to challenge by way of Judicial Review the ‘Ruling on Scope’ of senior coroner Ridley dated 20 December 2019, the senior coroner has decided to adjourn the forthcoming pre-inquest review pending the outcome of that challenge.

"This decision has been taken having regard to the views of both the Sturgess family (including Mr Rowley) and the Home Secretary (both of which supported the decision).

"A fresh date for the Pre-Inquest review will be considered by the Senior Coroner as soon as he is able to do so, which will take into account the Judicial Review timetable including the handing down of any judgment relating to the challenge."

Ms Sturgess died on July 8 after coming into contact with the nerve agent Novichok.