Police swoop on Houses of Parliament after envelope with ‘white powder’ found

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
By Paul Martin

AN ENVELOPE with white powder was sent to the Houses of Parliament today sparking an urgent police response at a ministerial corridor near the House of Commons in Westminster.

Tue, Feb 13, 2018

Witnesses said police were present at a ministerial corridor near the House of Commons.

A lockdown was not in place, however, and entrances remained open. Parliament is currently on recess.

One unnamed police officer said a suspicious package had been found in Speaker’s Court.

A House of Commons spokeswoman later said an envelope containing “non-harmful” white powder had been discovered.

The police officer had earlier told Press Association: “We haven’t been told much but a package has been left.

“Specialist officers have just arrived to examine it. It won’t be anything to worry about.”

A spokesman for the House of Commons confirmed police were at the scene.

He said: “The Police are currently investigating an incident on the Parliamentary Estate.

“While their investigation is ongoing, any questions should be directed to the Metropolitan Police.”

No extra officers were visible at the main entrance at Carriage Gates and no messages were initially put on the annunciators which are displayed on TV screens around Parliament.

After 45 minutes or so a message was added which read: “Incident in the House of Commons being dealt with by the Metropolitan Police, do not be alarmed.”

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