Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Police assessing second suspicious package at parliament in two days

Police assessing second suspicious package at parliament in two days

Two people were taken to hospital as a precaution after the package was discovered at the Norman Shaw Buildings which house offices of some members of parliament.

Emergency services were called to the Norman Shaw Building, which hosts some parliamentary offices, "at 12.58 reports of a suspicious package at Norman Shaw Buildings, Victoria Embankment, Westminster", a police statement said.

A Parliamentary Spokesperson said: "Police are now investigating suspicious items of mail in Norman Shaw North. We can not provide any more details at this stage", a parliamentary spokesperson said. "The police are investigating the content of the letters to identify any potential links".

A Met Police spokesman said a suspicious package has been found and is being assessed. "Two people attended hospital as a precaution".

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Police say they were called to the scene just before 1pm local time. "The affected area was temporarily cordoned off but no evacuation was necessary", the police added.

A Conservative lawmaker, speaking in parliament, said the target of the letter was Mohammad Yasin, a Muslim lawmaker from the opposition Labour party.

The incident follows reports of an Islamophobic hate letter circulating across the United Kingdom touting a so-called "Punish a Muslim Day" on April 3.

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