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Security alert latest: White powder leaked from package at Mallusk Royal Mail postal sorting office declared 'harmless'

A security alert at a Co Antrim Royal Mail postal sorting office sparked when white powder leaked from a package has ended.

Two fire appliances were sent to the scene the Mallusk building to the report of an unidentified substance found at Royal Mail Centre in Enterprise Way.

Part of the centre was cordoned off as a precaution.

A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said in a statement that the item has been confirmed as harmless and did not pose a risk to workers.

"Royal Mail can confirm that white powder that had leaked from a package was found at the Northern Ireland Mail Centre at Mallusk this morning.

"The safety of our people is of the utmost priority and in line with our policy and procedures, the police and fire brigade attended and the area where the powder was found was cordoned off for a period of time. Following their investigation, they gave the all clear and confirmed that the item was harmless and did not pose a risk to postal workers.

“The building was not evacuated and there is no impact on our collection and sorting operations.“

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