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Parliament security chiefs working with cops on training programme for MSPs and staff on handling suspicious packages

HOLYROOD SECURITY TRAINING

MP, political party HQ and council building as well as two police bases were targeted within a matter of hours last month

HOLYROOD security chiefs are working with cops on a training programme on suspicious packages for MSPs after a spate of recent scares. An MP, political party HQ and council building as well as two police bases were targeted within a matter of hours last month with suspect packages in the mail.

Parliament Security Chiefs Working With Cops On Training Programme For MSPs And Staff On Handling Suspicious Packages

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Police stationed outside Scottish Parliament

MSPs were put on alert1 after three items were delivered to SNP MP John Nicolson s office, a party base and an Angus Council building in 24 hours. Security officials at the Scottish Parliament sent advice to elected members after one of the packages was sent to the constituency office of Nicolson2 on Tuesday, May 25.

Now they are working with police to develop special training for MSPs and their staff on mail handling and suspicious packages.

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A Holyrood spokesman told the Scottish Sun: Parliament security staff are currently working with Police Scotland to develop a training package on mail handling and suspicious packages. Two days after the incident at Nicolson s office, cops revealed officers were scrambled to the Scottish Police Federation building in Glasgow and to the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan, Fife after packages were delivered there. Two packages containing white powder were also delivered to an Angus Council building in Forfar.

The Municipal Buildings on Castle Street were closed off despite police saying the package poses no immediate threat to the public.

Parliament Security Chiefs Working With Cops On Training Programme For MSPs And Staff On Handling Suspicious Packages

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Police car outside Holyrood

The contents of the package were described as white powder type substances and are related to the upcoming snap election in June. Cops have launched a major probe into the incidents. An email from Holyrood head of security Becky Thomson was circulated around MSPs with advice from cops.

In the email, she said: Dear Members, between Tuesday and Wednesday, three suspicious mail packages containing a white powder type substance were sent to an elected official, a political party headquarters and a council building.

All packages were associated with the forthcoming UK general election . Police Scotland s enquiries into this matter are ongoing.

We enclose a letter from Police Scotland with some further advice regarding mail handling, suspicious packages and indicators of white powder .

We would be grateful if you would take the time to review this information and discuss with your local office staff . The same information has been issued to all elected representatives across Scotland.


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References

  1. ^ put on alert (www.thescottishsun.co.uk)
  2. ^ Nicolson (www.thescottishsun.co.uk)
  3. ^

Parliament security chiefs working with cops on training programme …

HOLYROOD SECURITY TRAINING

MP, political party HQ and council building as well as two police bases were targeted within a matter of hours last month

HOLYROOD security chiefs are working with cops on a training programme on suspicious packages for MSPs after a spate of recent scares. An MP, political party HQ and council building as well as two police bases were targeted within a matter of hours last month with suspect packages in the mail.

Parliament Security Chiefs Working With Cops On Training Programme ...

News Group Newspapers Ltd

Police stationed outside Scottish Parliament

MSPs were put on alert1 after three items were delivered to SNP MP John Nicolson s office, a party base and an Angus Council building in 24 hours. Security officials at the Scottish Parliament sent advice to elected members after one of the packages was sent to the constituency office of Nicolson2 on Tuesday, May 25.

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A Holyrood spokesman told the Scottish Sun: Parliament security staff are currently working with Police Scotland to develop a training package on mail handling and suspicious packages. Two days after the incident at Nicolson s office, cops revealed officers were scrambled to the Scottish Police Federation building in Glasgow and to the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan, Fife after packages were delivered there. Two packages containing white powder were also delivered to an Angus Council building in Forfar.

The Municipal Buildings on Castle Street were closed off despite police saying the package poses no immediate threat to the public.

Parliament Security Chiefs Working With Cops On Training Programme ...

News Group Newspapers Ltd

Police car outside Holyrood

The contents of the package were described as white powder type substances and are related to the upcoming snap election in June. Cops have launched a major probe into the incidents. An email from Holyrood head of security Becky Thomson was circulated around MSPs with advice from cops.

In the email, she said: Dear Members, between Tuesday and Wednesday, three suspicious mail packages containing a white powder type substance were sent to an elected official, a political party headquarters and a council building.

All packages were associated with the forthcoming UK general election . Police Scotland s enquiries into this matter are ongoing.

We enclose a letter from Police Scotland with some further advice regarding mail handling, suspicious packages and indicators of white powder .

We would be grateful if you would take the time to review this information and discuss with your local office staff . The same information has been issued to all elected representatives across Scotland.


We pay for your stories and videos ! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun Online ?

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References

  1. ^ put on alert (www.thescottishsun.co.uk)
  2. ^ Nicolson (www.thescottishsun.co.uk)
  3. ^

RFU ‘assessing security’ after teenagers climb Twickenham Stadium

The Rugby Football Union said it is assessing its security protocols after foolhardy teenage freerunners filmed themselves climbing to the top of Twickenham Stadium. Police said two men were arrested on suspicion of trespassing on Saturday morning (April 29), just hours before Prince Harry was in attendance at the Army v Navy rugby match. A clip posted to Youtube this week by Rikke Brewer shows two hooded men scaling the deserted 82,000-seat stadium and walking along the very top of the roof without any safety equipment before performing acrobatic flips on the pitch.

A Met Police spokesman said officers were called shortly before 6am to a report of intruders at the stadium, and arrested two 18-year-old men on suspicion of criminal damage to the pitch. They were taken into custody and later cautioned for criminal damage. Mr Brewer told Richmond and Twickenham Times: It felt incredible to be at the top of Twickenham stadium . The view was amazing . I enjoy doing urbex for many reasons, one being the fact that you never know how insane the view is going to be.

Urbex, short for urban exploration, involves exploring manmade structures, often abandoned or not usually seen, and often with the aim of capturing striking videos and images of the areas. The hobby sometimes involves trespassing, but not always. Mr Brewer has made a series of videos, including one of train surfing in Paris, which show a group of people jumping onto the roofs of trains, climbing 194 metres up the Areva Tower, also in Paris, and sneaking into Thorpe Park and climbing the Stealth rollercoaster.

The latest stunt has caused security concerns for the stadium, which Prince Harry visited just hours later to watch the Army v Navy rugby match, as patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, the official charity for this year s game. A Rugby Football Union spokesperson said: We are aware of an incident involving intruders at the stadium on the weekend and are assessing all of our security protocols . Two people were arrested .

We are working closely with the police on their investigation.”

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