Police assessing second suspicious package at parliament in two days

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Police were called to Westminster this afternoon

Two people were hospitalised today as a precautionary measure after they came in contact with "white powder" sent to an office within the UK Parliament building.

A Parliament spokesman told BI in a statement on Tuesday: "The Met Police are now investigating suspicious items of mail in Norman Shaw North".

"A suspicious substance was investigated by the Met Police and was found not to be hazardous", a spokesman for Parliament said in a statement.

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Guido Fawkes report Rupa Huq's MP office and other adjacent offices are being evacuated.

Ambulances from the Incident Response Unit were on the scene quickly. We can not provide any more details at this stage.

"Police are investigating the content of the letters to identify any potential links". A second package is also being looked at, they said - and one person has been taken to hospital this morning.

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The office of opposition Labour MP Mohammad Yasin received the item, while he was not in the room, according to a member of his staff.

"Specialist officers have been called and the package will be assessed". It is understood there has been no evacuation but the affected area has been cordoned off.

The incident follows reports of an Islamophobic hate letter circulating across the United Kingdom touting a so-called "Punish a Muslim Day" on April 3.

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