Scottish Parliament offices evacuated following discovery of 'suspect packages'

Mark McDonald

Inquiries were carried out, and once police decided there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and no crime had been committed, normal service was able to resume.

According to the Sun, a member of staff in the office of Conservative Highlights and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston opened an envelope, which was found to contain white powder.

White powder was found to be contained within the envelope. A police spokesman described the incident as a "false alarm with good intent".

A building at Holyrood has been evacuated after a suspicious package was discovered.

The offices of Liz Smith, Jamie Halcro-Johnston, Edward Mountain are now closed off while business continues as usual in the other parts of the building.

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

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The MSP building at Holyrood has been evacuated with staff working to assess the situation.

"An incident has occurred requiring the evacuation of the MSP building at Holyrood".

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

A spokesman for the Scottish Parliament said: "Parliamentary business as well as all tours and events will go ahead as planned this afternoon".

'No other areas of the campus are now affected and we remain open to the public at present.

The MSP block, where politicians have their offices, has now reopened. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

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