Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Terror police called to Westminster after white powder delivery

Terror police called to Westminster after white powder delivery

A security incident at Britain's parliament on Tuesday was triggered by the discovery of a package containing white powder which was later found to be non-harmful, the lower house of the legislature said.

The Met Police said at approximately 11:36am, officers were informed of a suspicious package that had been delivered to an office within the Palace of Westminster.

The Metropolitan Police are investigating a suspicious package that had been delivered to an office within the Palace of Westminster.

"The letter contained a white powder is now being assessed by specialists".

Scotland Yard said that its counterterrorism command investigated the incident yesterday morning.

A House of Commons spokesman later confirmed a package had been found containing a white powder that was "non-harmful".

Witnesses had earlier said police had told them they were dealing with a "suspicious package", which was confirmed by an unnamed officer.

A House of Commons representative affirmed before that officers were "examining an episode".

"While their investigation is ongoing, any questions should be directed to the Metropolitan Police press office".

One police source told the Independent the fact that only the corridor and not surrounding areas has been evacuated suggests officers are not treating the incident as a high security risk.

Parliament is now in recess, meaning that many MPs will not be in Westminster.

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