Suspicious 'white powder' packages sent to SNP offices

Three packages containing "white powder-type substances" have been sent to political offices in Scotland.

The packages were sent to an MP, a political party headquarters and a local council building between 25 and 26 April, the Scottish Parliament said on Thursday.

The first package was sent to SNP MP John Nicolson's office in Kirkintilloch on Tuesday. Police said it was taken away for examination.

Mr Nicolson, who has represented East Dunbartonshire in Westminster since 2015, tweeted that police had said the package contained "chemicals in crystal form designed to alarm".

Police said they were treating the incident as "malicious".

Another package was sent to the SNP-run Forfar council run the next day, STV reported. The third was sent to a political party headquarters.

Police Scotland later said emergency services were sent to the Scottish Police Federation building in Glasgow and the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents at the Scottish Police College in Fife on Thursday after reports of suspicious packages.

"At Tulliallan we have already established that no dangerous or noxious substance is involved and emergency services are now standing down," Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said.

"Enquiries continue at the Scottish Police Federation in Glasgow where traffic disruption is minimal.

"At this time there are no apparent injuries to any officers or staff as a result of these incidents."

Elected representatives across Scotland have been advised how to recognise and handle suspicious packages.

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