Powder sent to United Kingdom parliament found to be harmless

The barrier installed on Westminster Bridge to protect pedestrians from vehicle attacks

The English police services are now investigating an incident in Britain's parliament on Tuesday where a suspicious package had been found, MailOnline news website reported, citing witnesses. "Police are at the scene and dealing".

"While their investigation is ongoing, any questions should be directed to the Metropolitan Police press office".

The Metropolitan Police said that specialists had assessed the powder, and the House of Commons later confirmed that it was found to be non-harmful. There was a heavy police presence and the office where the package was sent was closed but the rest of the Westminster buildings remained open and no security alerts were displayed.

Counter-terror police were called to the Parliamentary Estate this evening after a "suspicious bundle" containing white powder was sent to Amber Rudd.

Scotland Yard said its Counter Terrorism Command is investigating.

A police vehicle leaves the Palace of Westminster during the investigation into a suspect package.

A House of Commons representative affirmed before that officers were "examining an episode".

The officer said: "We haven't been told much but a package has been left. It won't be anything to worry about".

Most MPs are not in Westminster this week as Parliament is in recess for school half-term.

Previous year five people were killed when a terrorist carried out an attack on Westminster Bridge and in the grounds of Parliament.

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