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Scottish parliament evacuated after white powder found

Staff Writer | November 8, 2017
The “suspicious package” which led to Scottish Parliament being evacuated has been confirmed to be event invitations to Tory MSPs.
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Police rushed to the scene yesterday after receiving a call at 11.35am this morning and an investigation is ongoing, Edinburgh Evening reported.

Firefighters were called and they examined the white powder. Parliament has since be re-opened. It is understood the packages were sent to Tory MSPs Jamie Halcro-Johnston, Liz Smith, Edward Mountain and Donald Cameron.

A Conservative source told the Evening News that the packages received were invitations to the Inverness Courier newspaper’s 200th anniversary celebration event.

Another source told the paper that the ‘white powder’ may have in fact have been imitation snow, however this has been denied by the police.

A police spokesman described the incident as a “false alarm with good intent”. The letter addressed to Highlands & Islands Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro-Johnston was opened in his second-floor office by one of his researchers.