Scottish Parliament evacuation over suspect packages

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A Scottish Parliament spokesperson says an incident has occurred and staff are working to assess what's happened.

Police have evacuated part of the Scottish parliament after an incident said to involve the discovery of a white powder in several packages sent to Conservative MSPs.

"Thankfully it appears to have been a false alarm in this case and the substance was found not to be risky".

The Scottish Parliament's official Twitter account said that the MSP building within Holyrood had been cleared.

It's not known if any MSPs were inside the building.

The MSP block, where politicians have their offices, has now reopened.

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

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Police and firefighters were called to the scene, but business elsewhere in the parliament continued as normal.

Media reports said three packages had arrived addressed to Tory MSPs. The Parliament's incident management team has been activated.

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

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

The vehicle entry system had been closed to enable emergency services access, the chief executive said.

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

A Scottish Parliament spokesman thanked "building users for their patience and co-operation".

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