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Packages sent to Scottish Parliament 'not suspicious'

Four packages of white powder that sparked security alert at Scottish Parliament are not being treated as suspicious, police have said.

Earlier part of the Scottish parliament building had been evacuated after the discovery of white powder sent to Conservative MSPs.

Speaking to The Guardian, a Holyrood spokesman said it affected the MSPs' area of the parliament building.

This area had been cleared of all MSPs and their staff.

During the alert emergency vehicles from the Scottish fire and rescue service attended the scene, and the area around the building was cordoned off.

While part of the building was cleared, business continued as normal in other parts of the building.

According to the BBC, it is understood the packages were sent to Tory MSPs Liz Smith, Jamie Halcro-Johnston, Edward Mountain and Donald Cameron.

Mr Mountain told the state broadcaster the package he received appeared to be an invitation to the Inverness Courier newspaper's 200th anniversary celebration.

The alarm was initially raised just after 11.30am when Police Scotland received a report of a suspicious package.

Inquiries were carried out, and once police decided there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and no crime had been committed, normal service was able to resume.

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