25 October 2018. (BBC News) A suspect package similar to those sent to senior public figures has been sent to a New York restaurant owned by the actor Robert De Niro, the FBI has said.

The device was found at the Tribeca Grill in Manhattan early on Thursday local time, said the city’s mayor.

Former Vice-President Joe Biden has also received two suspect packages.

The latest incident marks the eighth critic of President Donald Trump to receive such a package this week.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the “really quick-witted work of a security guard” who alerted authorities.

According to the Associated Press, the security guard was off work on Thursday and had seen an image in a news report of the packages others had received.

The New York Police Department said the restaurant building – which also houses his production company TriBeCa Films – was empty at the time the suspicious device arrived, NBC reports.

That individual then recalled spotting something similar in the building’s mailroom and immediately called authorities who removed the device around 06:30 local time (11:30GMT), AP reports.