(BBC News 13th February 2018) White powder package sent to Westminster

Police are investigating a suspicious package containing white powder that has been delivered to an office within the Palace of Westminster.

The powder was contained in a letter which was assessed by specialists and found to be non-harmful.

The office remains closed but the rest of the Palace of Westminster is open, police said.

Detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command have been informed and are investigating.

White powder sent to Muslim centres in London (BBC News 2016)

Counter-terrorism officers are investigating five incidents in which white powder was sent to Muslim centres, mosques and government buildings in London.

A mosque in Leyton, a Muslim centre in Finsbury Park and another in Tottenham all received packages on Thursday.

Muslim peer Lord Ahmed was also sent hate mail along with white powder.

A government mail screening service at Newham also received white powder in a package.

Three of the packages were found to be “not noxious or suspicious”, Scotland Yard said.

Anthrax fears

Aslam Hansa from the Noor Ul Islam Trust in Leyton said the envelope felt “suspicious and lumpy”.

“When we opened it we saw it said ‘paki filth’ with a picture of a mosque and there was white powder inside.

“We have a very good relationship with the local police and they said to call 999.

“We’ve never really experienced anything like this before – it saddens us – but we’re grateful that it wasn’t anything worse and that nobody was hurt.”

Security warning after powder sent to MP and SNP offices (BBC News 27 April 2017)

Police have issued security advice after “suspicious packages” were sent to a Scottish MP, a council building and the SNP’s headquarters.

Officers said the “white powder type substance” was delivered between 25 and 26 April.

They said the packages were “associated with the forthcoming UK general election”.

Those who received the packages include SNP MP John Nicolson and an Angus Council building in Forfar.

Officers were called to Mr Nicolson’s office in East Dunbartonshire on Tuesday afternoon, while emergency services attended at Angus Council’s municipal buildings in Forfar on Wednesday.

Police advice has been sent to all elected representatives across Scotland.

The guidance includes actions that MPs, MSPs, councillors and their staff should take if suspicious mail is received at their offices.

Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said emergency services were also responding to reports of suspicious packages delivered to the Scottish Police Federation building in Glasgow and to the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents based at the Scottish Police College, in Tulliallan, Fife, on Thursday.

He said that at Tulliallan no dangerous or noxious substance was involved and emergency services had been stood down and that inquiries were continuing the other incident

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry receive ‘racist’ letter in package containing white powder (The Independent 23 February 2018)

A “racist” letter was sent to Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle, in a package which also contained white powder.

The police said their anti-terror team were investigating after “malicious communications” were delivered to St James’s Palace, in what they have branded a “racist hate crime”.

The substance inside the package was originally treated as possible anthrax, it is understood, but turned out to be non-suspicious.