Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Terror police called to Westminster after white powder delivery

Terror police called to Westminster after white powder delivery

The suspicious package was delivered to the Parliament building in the heart of London at 1.36pm local time, police said, although it is unclear which department it was sent to.

Police said the letter was delivered at around 11.30am (10.30pm AEDT) on Tuesday and is being assessed by specialists.

A Met spokesman said: "The letter contained a white powder which is now being assessed by specialists".

Cops confirmed detectives from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command are now on the case.

The discovery comes just a day after Donald Trump Jr's wife Vanessa was rushed to hospital in NY after opening a letter with white powder inside.

The corridor in which the item was discovered is underneath the House Of Commons chamber and several offices for ministers, as well as conference rooms.

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

The House of Commons and House of Lords meet at the parliament building, the Palace of Westminster.

A House of Commons representative affirmed before that officers were "examining an episode".

Relatively few MPs and peers are in Westminster as both houses are in recess, and the package is thought to have been opened by a member of staff.

"While their investigation is ongoing, any questions should be directed to the Metropolitan Police press office".

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