Scottish Parliament evacuated after ‘white powder’ in envelope sent to MSP

The Scottish Parliament was evacuated after a suspicious package containing white powder was sent to an MSP.

Police in Edinburgh said they were called to Holyrood at about 11.35am, and the building was evacuated as a precaution.

A source at the parliament said the incident involved three similar envelopes and that one was believed to contain white powder.

According to Sky’s Scotland Correspondent James Matthews, the alarm was raised after staff of Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro-Johnstone opened the mail. He was not there are at the time.

A Parliament spokesman later confirmed the incident was over: “Parliamentary business as well as all tours and events will go ahead as planned this afternoon.

“The MSP block is now open and Members and their staff can return to their offices. The Scottish Parliament building remains open to the public.”

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Source: Sky News