Scottish Parliament evacuation over suspect packages

08 November, 2017, 09:31 | Author: Katrina Soto
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A Scottish Parliament spokesman said: "The incident involved the discovery of suspicious packages in the MSP building".

"Police in Edinburgh responded to the Scottish Parliament at around 11.35 am on Tuesday November 7 following the discovery of a suspicious package", the force said in a statement.

"Thankfully it appears to have been a false alarm in this case and the substance was found not to be unsafe. Parliament staff are working to assess the situation", the Holyrood spokesman said.

It's not known if any MSPs were inside the building.

The British Sun reported that a suspicious package was sent to Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston and that the building was evacuated after his office staff opened the envelope in question.

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

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Police and firefighters were called to the scene, but business elsewhere in the parliament continued as normal. The Parliament's incident management team has been activated.

Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston was caught up in a security alert at Holyrood.

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

Holyrood: Police and fire services were called to the parliament.

The Scottish parliament has confirmed that evacuation, with police dealing with the incident that occurred at 11.30 am local time.

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

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