Scottish parliament evacuated as white powder reportedly found in parcels

Scottish parliament evacuated after white powder found

Parliament chief executive Paul Grice sent an email to MSPs saying the block would have to remain closed until the fire brigade gave the all-clear.

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

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

Reports said the packages were addressed to Jamie Halco Johnston, Liz Smith and Edward Mountain.

He did not notice anything unusual, but was later told that a similar package received by Mr Halcro-Johnston had contained white powder when it was opened by a member of his staff at about 11:30.

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

Police and firefighters have been sent to the scene of the evacuation.

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Holyrood has been declared safe after MSPs were evacuated when three suspect packages were discovered at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.

"Our incident management team in consultation with the emergency services are reviewing whether further measures are necessary".

Police were called to the site to examine the contents of the suspicious packages and shortly thereafter confirmed that the issue was "resolved." .

"As a precaution the MSP building was evacuated".

The MSP block, where politicians have their offices, has now reopened.

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

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