Scottish Parliament Evacuated Over Suspicious Packages

Scottish Parliament Evacuated Over Suspicious Packages

Scottish Parliament Evacuated Over Suspicious Packages

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

Police are still on the scene.

Asked how long the incident could last, a source said "police told us it could be a while".

'Security guards then went round each floor of the MSP block saying there had been an incident and asking everyone to leave.

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

Firefighters wearing protective gloves and helmets were testing the powder.

"The MSP block has reopened a reminder that Chamber business as well as tours, visits & events are all going ahead as planned", the press service posted on Twitter.

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Staff were allowed to return to the MSP building, where members have their offices, at about 13:15.

Part of the Scottish parliament building was evacuated after four packages were sent to the offices of Tory MSPs. The MSP block is now closed. "Staff are working to assess the situation".

Emergency services attended the scene before police ruled there were no suspicious circumstances. The Parliament's incident management team has been activated.

The Scottish parliament was evacuated as police dealt with an alert over four packages - but police have confirmed they were not suspicious.

"As a precaution the MSP building was evacuated".

Packages containing "white powder" were sent to the Scottish parliament in April this year.

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

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