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.
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.
Now they are working with police to develop special training for MSPs and their staff on mail handling and suspicious packages.
BUS CRASH HERO
‘Here’s Billy big bucks’
CRAIG WHYTE TRIAL
TOWIE STAR COP SNAP
LOAN SHARK FEARS
PETROL STATION PROBE
GDP ? OMG!
M8 CAR SMASH
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.
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 ?
Email us at
Armed robbers fled from a bank after triggering a security smoke alarm which billowed out into the street. The gang injured a cash-in-transit driver while grabbing a money box from him during the raid at Barclays, in a busy shopping area of Market Street in Shaw, Oldham. The men escaped in a white Ford Transit van, which was found alight on Sumner Street a short time later.
The security worker suffered minor injuries during the incident, which happened at about 2pm on Wednesday afternoon.
Police, fire and ambulances services rushed to the scene. The driver did not need hospital treatment, an ambulance spokeswoman confirmed. A police spokeswoman said: We were called shortly after 2.05pm to reports of an armed robbery.
Offenders stole a large amount of cash from a cash-in-transit driver.
They then abandoned a white Ford Transit van, which was found alight on Sumner Street nearby.
The cash-in-transit driver sustained minor injuries.
Market Street was cordoned off while investigations were carried out following the incident . Officers were also called to Sumner Street, a residential road on an estate around 500 metres from Barclays, and found the burning Transit van. No arrests have yet been made and no description has yet been released off the suspects.
Anyone with further information is urged to contact police on 101.
I am thinking that towards the end of the year, I would like to start a blog up writing on CP driving and other areas. I’m not sure yet how to format it though, or who to run it through. I recently posted a thread about advanced driving on CPW, which had been viewed nearly 2000 times, there was some great feedback, and my hope was that it might be useful to some of you, as I know many are keen to enhance your skills, and want work. So the subject I wish to cover firstly, would be to relate information and knowledge of CP driving methods. From why you should do training, what the roles and responsibilities are, security, aspects of advanced driving etc etc. A big subject. You can check my profile to see my background if that helps. Now I know that some driving techniques are covered in a CP course, but I also know, that some trainers actually haven’t done that much CP driving. The driver, Principal or back up, can be looked down on.
Wrong. A good driver can save heartache, embarrassment and lives, if trained properly. Other than perhaps the PPO, the driver is the one to get the Principal away from danger, if it hits the fan. What I would like to do, is blog, let’s say monthly at first, skills, techniques, tips, I have learnt over the years, and hopefully include include something you don’t know? This will be free information. I’m not charging anyone. I am hoping it will help some who, either decide to complete a course, or for those going on one soon and to give a heads up on what’s required, or those who may just want a bit more info and a good read-I hope. If this goes well, I may extend it to basic CP drills, etc, as it is in a manual. Let’s face it, all the manual info us already in books and in the net, so I doubt I’ll be divulging ‘secrets’.
I realise there will be some TPs who may be thinking that I’m giving away info, that I’m taking away the need for them? but hopefully what this may do, is enhance your students with a bit of foresight before your course, and they might just become better students, let alone operatives. I must say here and now, reading about something is good, but it is no match for taking physical and practical instruction on a course as well, you need both. All I want to do is impart what I have learnt over years, to those who haven’t had my background. So is it worth my time and trouble. Be honest, if there’s no point, I’ll keep quiet. Many thanks.
Horse 49 So, do you think it’s worth me doing it?
Read the article: CP driver information blog