Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Scottish parliament evacuated after alert over 'package with white powder'

Scottish parliament evacuated after alert over 'package with white powder'

In a message sent to building users Scottish Parliament chief executive Sir Paul Grice said: "While all of the packages turned out to be entirely benign, raising the alarm was entirely the right thing to do".

People who came into contact with the packages have been examined by medics.

Tory MSPs Liz Smith, Jamie Halcro-Johnston, Edward Mountain were each sent suspect envelopes to their offices, according to the BBC.

The Scottish parliament reported that the security forces investigated the incident and that "emergency services have confirmed that the incident at Holyrood (the parliament building) is now resolved".

Mr Mountain said the invitation was to a Highland council event to mark the Inverness Courier's anniversary.

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A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "Police in Edinburgh can confirm that the emergency response at the Scottish Parliament has been stood down".

'A lot of MSPs were in committee meetings so it was mostly staff in the building'.

"The MSP block was evacuated as a precaution but enquiries have concluded there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding this incident and no crime has been committed".

'No other areas of the campus are now affected and we remain open to the public at present. Parliament staff are working to assess the situation.

"The MSP block is now open and embers and their staff can return to their offices".

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'The police are in attendance at the scene.

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

Scottish Parliament has been evacuated after three suspicious packages were discovered.

"The public are thanked for their patience and support during this matter".

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