Police Respond to 'Suspicious Package' of White Powder Inside Houses of Parliament

Police Respond to 'Suspicious Package' of White Powder Inside Houses of Parliament

Police Respond to 'Suspicious Package' of White Powder Inside Houses of Parliament

A spokesperson for the House of Commons has confirmed that police are investigating an ongoing incident.

Police said the letter was delivered at around 11.30am (10.30pm AEDT) on Tuesday and is being assessed by specialists.

They added: "The letter contained a white powder which is now being assessed by specialists".

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

The office where the letter was sent is now on lock down as police investigate the letter.

A "heavy" presence of officers was reported near a ministerial corridor, where some Government ministers have their offices, shortly before 1pm.

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Other buildings were not on lockdown and visitor tours were allowed to continue while officers dealt with the situation. "The powder was found to be non-harmful", the House of Commons, Britain's lower house of parliament, said in a statement.

No extra officers were visible at the main entrance at Carriage Gates.

They said: 'We haven't been told much, but a package has been left. Officers are understood to be examining a "suspicious package".

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The houses of Commons and Lords are in recess so relatively few MPs and peers would have been there, although parliament is also home to thousands of staff and journalists.

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