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Fri Apr 28, 2017, 05:44 PM

Suspicious 'white powder' packages sent to SNP offices

Three packages containing "white powder-type substances" have been sent to political offices in Scotland.

The packages were sent to an MP, a political party headquarters and a local council building between 25 and 26 April, the Scottish Parliament said on Thursday.

The first package was sent to SNP MP John Nicolson's office in Kirkintilloch on Tuesday. Police said it was taken away for examination.


Another package was sent to the SNP-run Forfar council ... the next day, STV reported. The third was sent to a political party headquarters.


I deliberately didn't lead with the Daily Record's more sensational headline about these incidents:

Triple terror attack on SNP sparks security alert as suspicious packages sent to three targets

MSPs have been placed on high alert after ­suspicious ­packages were sent to three SNP targets.

Police and the Scottish Parliament’s head of security issued a warning yesterday after a letter containing white powder was sent to SNP HQ near Holyrood.

Earlier this week, similar packages were sent to MP John Nicolson’s office and SNP-led Angus Council’s HQ – with a letter stating: “Get SNP Out. Tories in.”

We can reveal that the substance in the packages was fertiliser – often used by terrorists to make cheap home-made bombs.


A letter enclosed with the package delivered to the Angus Council offices in Forfar claimed that it contained "anthrax spores".

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