Scottish parliament briefly evacuated

Holyrood and Kezia Dugdale

Scotland's parliamentary building has been evacuated after reports of the 'discovery of three suspicious packages.

People who came into contact with the packages have been examined by medics.

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

Two additional envelopes were sent from the same sender to Conservative MSP's Liz Smith and Edward Mountain, but they were not opened.

"The MSP block is now closed".

Part of the building was evacuated after the packages, one of which was said to contain white powder, were sent to the offices of four Tory MSPs.

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

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Parliament chief executive Paul Grice sent an email to MSPs saying the block would have to remain closed until the fire brigade gave the all-clear.

Staff were allowed to return to the MSP building, where members have their offices, at about 13:15.

"I would like to thank the Scottish Parliament's staff and the emergency services for their prompt and effective response".

Emergency services attended the scene before police ruled there were no suspicious circumstances.

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

The Scottish parliament has confirmed that evacuation, with police dealing with the incident that occurred at 11.30 am local time.

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