Suspicious package delivered to Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh

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POLICE were called in to investigate a “suspicious letter” delivered to The Palace of Holyroodhouse this afternoon.

The alarm was raised after the package was discovered shortly after midday.

Police later confirmed there was no risk to the public while efforts to find who sent the letter are ongoing.

Officers were immediately deployed along with firefighters amid reports the envelope contained white powder.

The road outside the Queen’s official Scottish residence was cordoned off by firefighters but there was no evacuation and tourists were still allowed in.

Scotsman Westminster correspondent Paris Gourtsoyannis was covering First Minster’s Questions at the Scottish Parliament close by.

“Firefighters and ambulance are attending an incident at Holyrood Palace - but no evacuation. Tourists still walking around grounds and sat in café,” he said.

“Staff at Holyrood Palace told incident relates to a suspicious letter and that access to offices may be restricted.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police in Edinburgh were called to the Palace of Holyrood House around 12.05pm on Wednesday 7th June after reports were received that a suspicious letter had been delivered.

“We can confirm that the suspicious letter has been analysed and found not to pose any risk to the public.

“An investigation is now underway to identify the sender and establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident.”