A Scottish Parliament building was evacuated earlier today following the discovery of “suspicious packages”.
The alarm was raised at round 11.30am and politicians and staff were removed from the MSP building at Holyrood while police and an incident management team investigated the incident.
It is understood envelopes containing white powder sparked the emergency. They were sent to the offices of two Tory MSPs.
A statement on the Scottish Parliament twitter page reads: “The MSP building @ScotParl has been evacuated as a precaution following the discovery of suspicious packages.
“No other areas of the @scotparl campus are currently affected and we remain open to the public at present.
“The Presiding Officer and the Parliamentary Bureau have been briefed on the situation and are meeting currently.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh responded to the Scottish Parliament at around 11.35 a.m. today following the discovery of a suspicious package.
“The building has been evacuated as a precaution and inquiries are continuing.”
The Scottish Parliament has now confirmed the incident has been “resolved” and the MSP block has re-opened.
Chamber business will go ahead as planned this afternoon as well as tours, visits and events.