Terror alert after white powder is sent to MP

UK police investigating suspicious package at Parliament

Counter-terror police were called to the Parliamentary Estate this afternoon after a "suspicious package" containing white powder was sent to Amber Rudd.

A statement from the Met police said: "At approximately 11.36am on Tuesday, 13 February, police were informed of a suspicious package that had been delivered to an office within the Palace of Westminster".

The Metropolitan Police said specialists are assessing the powder.

Police counterterrorism detectives are investigating the incident.

The letter contained white powder, officers say.

A Met Police spokeswoman said: 'We are still looking in to it'.

Witnesses reported seeing a heavy police presence around the Houses of Parliament.

Other buildings were not on lockdown and visitor tours were allowed to continue while officers dealt with the situation.

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

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

The Palace of Westminster was not locked down and the main Carriage Gate entrance - the scene of the attack on Westminster last March - was open as normal.

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.

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