Scottish Parliament offices evacuated following discovery of 'suspect packages'

08 November, 2017, 09:34 | Author: Kim Reid
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The Scottish Parliament has resumed its work after being evacuated over suspicious packages, the parliament's press service said Tuesday.

"It's a white powder incident, there were a couple of suspicious packages sent to a Tory (Conservative) MSP", a source at the parliament told Reuters, using the acronym for Member of the Scottish parliament.

Police say the action's been taken as a precaution.

"A lot of MSPs were in committee meetings so it was mostly staff in the building". About an hour later, they released an additional statement confirming that the incident was "resolved" and that "the MSP block has reopened". "Staff are working to assess the situation".

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The alarm was raised after suspicious packages, some of which contained white powder, were sent to the offices of three Conservative MSPs.

"The building has been evacuated as a precaution and inquiries are continuing".

Emergency crew and police rushed to Holyrood in Edinburgh after the packages were discovered at around 11:30am this morning.

'This is part of a pre-arranged process put in place, ready to deal with such developing situations'.

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During the alert emergency vehicles from the Scottish fire and rescue service attended the scene, and the area around the building was cordoned off.

Edinburgh Police has confirmed it is responding to an ongoing incident.

Two other envelopes - both unopened - went to Highlands and Islands MSP Edward Mountain and Liz Smith, a Mid Scotland and Fife MSP.

A Scottish Parliament spokesman thanked "building users for their patience and co-operation".

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