Sheffield link to white powder threats to Islamic buildings in London
Counter-terrorism police are probing a suspected Sheffield link to packages of white powder being sent to Islamic buildings in London.
Metropolitan Police were called to mosques and Islamic centres in Tottenham, Leyton and Finsbury Park on Thursday after concerns about the mystery packets.
Witnesses said one of the packages had been sent from Sheffield.
The incidents were among a handful of similar deliveries across the capital which sparked security alerts and led to parts of the parliamentary estate to be closed when South Yorkshire peer Lord Ahmed, a Muslim, was among the recipients.
The message, received by Lord Ahmed from Rotherham, contained racist abuse as well as suspicious white powder.
Yorkshire peer at centre of alert over white powder in hate mail
A security alert was sparked at Westminster after a Yorkshire peer received hate mail containing white powder yesterday.
The message, received by Lord Ahmed, contained racist abuse – but because of the suspicious powder, a security operation was launched which led to parts of the parliamentary estate being closed.
Lord Ahmed said that he was concerned about the incident, particularly following the killing of Labour MP Jo Cox in June.
The non-affiliated former Labour peer opened the “hate mail with some frightening stuff inside” in his office at Westminster.
Racist hate mail and ‘white powder’ package for South Yorkshire peer causes Parliament evacuation
Parliament was evacuated today after a former Labour peer from Rotherham received racist hate mail containing a suspicious white powder at his office.
Lord Ahmed, from Rotherham, was at Westminster when he received the package, prompting a security operation and parts of the parliamentary estate to be closed.
The message, received by Lord Ahmed, contained racist abuse.
Rotherham’s Lord Ahmed in suspicious package alert
PARLIAMENT was on high security alert today after a suspicious package was sent to Rotherham peer Lord Ahmed (pictured).
An envelope containing white powder a racially offensive message was delivered to the Labour peer’s office at Westminster at around 12.30pm.
The substance was later reported to be harmless.