31/08/2004

Suspect packages intercepted by Royal Mail staff

Royal Mail staff have discovered eight suspicious packages addressed to members of the Policing Board and the Police Ombudsman.

Seven of the packages were intercepted at Northern Ireland's main sorting office at Mallusk on Tuesday while an eighth package was addressed to a politician's office in Coleraine, where post office staff raised the alarm.

The packages are believed to contain powder but are not thought to pose a "credible risk", according to police.

A spokesman for the Police Ombudsman said he was aware of the packages and that police were keeping his office informed of the situation.

(MB)

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