Scottish parliament evacuated as white powder reportedly found in parcels

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It is understood the alarm was raised after a package containing white powder was found in the part of the parliament where MSPs have their offices.

Police are at the scene after receiving a call at 11.35am this morning and an investigation is ongoing.

Media reports said three packages had arrived addressed to Tory MSPs.

Asked how long the incident could last, the first source said "police told us it could be a while".

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

A second envelope, which is not believed to have been opened, was sent to MSP Edward Mountain.

"The MSP block is now closed".

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"The police are in attendance at the scene".

It is belived that the evacuation took place after a suspect package, containing a white powder, was discovered in the part of parliament where MSPs have their offices.

Known as Holyrood, the parliament building is located at the bottom of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh's most famous thoroughfare which leads down from its historic castle to Queen Elizabeth's Edinburgh residence, Holyrood Palace.

The parliament's presiding officer, Ken Macintosh, has been briefed and is meeting other officials to discuss the situation.

"The Parliament's Incident Management Team has been activated".

Police confirmed that the building in the centre of the capital had been evacuated.

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

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