Police 'investigating an incident' inside London's Houses of Parliament

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"The police are now investigating an incident on the parliamentary estate", a House of Commons spokesperson said without elaborating, according to Reuters.

Police were investigating an incident in the British parliament on Tuesday, the lower house of the legislature said, and media reports said officers were checking a suspect package.

The Police announced that they were informed of a suspicious package at 1:36 p.m. local time that had been delivered to an office within the Palace of Westminster, saying the police are now "at the scene and dealing".

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.

Police counterterrorism detectives are investigating the incident.

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A "heavy" presence of officers was reported near a ministerial corridor, where some Government ministers have their offices, shortly before 1pm.

A House of Commons spokesman confirmed earlier that officers were "investigating an incident".

One unnamed officer in Speaker's Court told the Press Association that specialist colleagues were examining a package left in the Palace of Westminster.

A message was put out on the annunciators which are shown on TV screens around Parliament, perusing: 'Episode in the House of Commons being managed by the Metropolitan Police, don't be frightened'.

Theresa May and her colleagues are not now in the building thanks to a parliamentary recess.

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