UK Police Investigating 'Incident' at Parliament

Officers investigate suspicious white powder in Houses of Parliament 1422018

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that Counter Terrorism officers were investigating the package, which was delivered to an office in the historic building. The workplace stays shut as of now, however whatever remains of the Palace of Westminster is open'.

London police were investigating a "suspicious package" Tuesday after a letter containing white powder was sent to an office in the Palace of Westminster, authorities said.

A House of Commons spokesman later confirmed a package had been found containing a white powder that was "non-harmful".

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The police said the powder was contained in a letter which was assessed by specialists and found not to be noxious.

Speaking to Press Association, they said: "We haven't been told much but a package has been left".

"Specialist officers have just arrived to examine it".

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The Metropolitan Police are investigating an "incident" in parliament, according to reports.

The houses of Commons and Lords are in recess so relatively few MPs and peers would have been there, although parliament is also home to thousands of staff and journalists.

One police source told the Independent the fact that only the corridor and not surrounding areas has been evacuated suggests officers are not treating the incident as a high security risk.

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Police increased security at the site after an Islamic State-inspired attacker drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge a year ago, killing four of them, and then stabbed a police officer to death nearby.

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