Parliament emergency sparks evacuation as 'three white powder packages' found



SCOTTISH parliament was evacuated after suspect packages containing white powder were found.

The alarm was raised after suspicious packages, some of which contained white powder, were sent to the offices of three Conservative MSPs.

Emergency crew and police rushed to Holyrood in Edinburgh after the packages were discovered at around 11:30am this morning.

MSPs were told to gather in the garden lobby area of the parliament while police carried out investigations.

A source said: “Parliament security were alerted and came running, followed by the police.”

Tory MSPs Liz Smith, Jamie Halcro-Johnston, Edward Mountain were each sent suspect envelopes to their offices, according to the BBC.

Halcro-Johnston opened one of the envelopes, which contained white powder, reports say.

A further two envelopes that appeared to be from the same sender were not opened, the Sun repor

A Scottish Parliament spokesman said: “An incident has occurred requiring the evacuation of the MSP building at Holyrood.

“The MSP block is currently closed.

“Parliament staff are working to assess the situation.

“The police are in attendance at the scene.

“The Parliament’s Incident Management Team has been activated.

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

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh responded to the Scottish Parliament at around 11.35 a.m. on Tuesday 7th November following the discovery of a suspicious package.

“The building has been evacuated as a precaution and inquiries are continuing.”