Former high court judge to take over Dawn Sturgess inquest

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Exclusive: Lady Hallett to preside after family successfully challenged limits on novichok death hearing

The retired high court judge Lady Heather Hallett is to take over the inquest of Dawn Sturgess, who died in the Wiltshire novichok poisonings, the Guardian has learned.

Hallett will preside over what will be a high-profile and politically sensitive hearing after Sturgess’s family successfully challenged the way a local coroner had planned to limit the scope of the inquest.

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