Section of Parliament in lockdown after white powder in package discovered

Cheryl Sanders
February 15, 2018

"The police are now investigating an incident on the parliamentary estate", a House of Commons spokesperson told Reuters, RT reported.

The Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday they were investigating an incident in the Houses of Parliament after an envelope containing white powder was found in an office, reports Xinhua.

The package contained white powder, but it is not clear what the substance is.

One office remained closed as officers carried out investigations, but the rest of the building was open, police said.

Scotland Yard said that its counterterrorism command investigated the incident yesterday morning. Officers are understood to be examining a "suspicious package".

It was later revealed that a white powder was found inside the suspect package.

The corridor sits below the House of Commons chamber and some government offices are located there, RT reported.

The building was not placed on lockdown.

He said: "We haven't been told much, but a package has been left".

A message was put out on the annunciators which are shown on TV screens around Parliament, perusing: 'Episode in the House of Commons being managed by the Metropolitan Police, don't be frightened'.

However, parliament is in recess this week so most MPs are not on the grounds.

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