Scottish parliament offices briefly evacuated in suspect white powder scare

Holyrood and Kezia Dugdale

The Tory floor of the Scottish parliament was evacuated earlier in the day, after three suspicious packages were found in the offices.

Offices at Scotland's devolved parliament in Edinburgh were briefly evacuated on Tuesday after suspicious packages containing white powder were found.

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

"Normal service at the Scottish Parliament has resumed and the block is once again opened". Parliament staff are working to assess the situation.

'The police are in attendance at the scene.

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

According to a BBC reporter, the packages were sent to Tory MSPs Liz Smith, Jamie Halcro-Johnston and Edward Mountain, while one of the packages contained a white powder.

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"The building has been evacuated as a precaution and inquiries are continuing". The MSP block is now closed.

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

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

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

"Emergency services have confirmed that the incident at Holyrood is now resolved".

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

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