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Scottish Parliament EVACUATED after white powder suspect packages sent to Tory MSPs

08 November 2017

A spokesman said: 'An incident has occurred and the MSP building at Holyrood has been evacuated'.

The Scottish Parliament has resumed its work after being evacuated over suspicious packages, the parliament's press service said Tuesday.

"Thankfully it appears to have been a false alarm in this case and the substance was found not to be unsafe".

The Scottish Parliament has been closed.

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The Edinburgh police said that they responded to reports of a suspicious package in parliament.

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

The alarm was raised at about 11:30 after the packages, at least one of which contained white powder, were sent to the offices of four Tory MSPs.

Colin Mackay, a political correspondent with the broadcaster STV, tweeted that the incident involved "a white powder" and parcels sent to Halco Johnston, Liz Smith, an MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife region, and Edward Mountain, another MSP for the Highlands and Islands region.

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"Police and other emergency services are on the scene and are dealing with the situation".

Police officers are standing guard at the corridor that leads to MSP's offices.

The parliament said later police inquiries had concluded there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and that no crime had been committed.

The MSPs' block at Holyrood was evacuated as a precaution with police and fire services called to investigate the findings.

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

Scottish Parliament EVACUATED after white powder suspect packages sent to Tory MSPs