An ambulance rapid response team rushed to treat seven patients at the scene of an office in Salisbury after employees claimed a ‘white powder’ had been delivered in a suspect package.
The office – and others nearby – were evacuated and fire crews were spotted wearing white protective suits as nearby roads were cordoned off.
More than 10 emergency vehicles rushed to the scene and a "large yellow bucket" was spotted being taken into a building on the city’s Milford Street, near the junction with Gigant Street, along with bottles of water.
The location is only several minutes walk from where Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter collapsed from nerve agent poisoning in March – but police were quick to stress that the incident was NOT connected.
They later confirmed that "the package, which was reported to have contained a suspicious substance, has been tested and found to contain a food type substance".
The news came after fire crews were spotted removing the large yellow bucket using a forklift.
The incident is believed to have been centred on the so-called Milford House office of Diligenta – which is listed as a UK-based FCA regulated subsidiary of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) – according to the Salisbury Journal.
The Salisbury Journal also reported that a "number of employees reported that a white powder was delivered this morning".
It updated its story at around 1.50pm to say that the powder had been "a food type substance".
Police confirmed this to MirrorOnline shortly after – saying: "The package is not suspicious."
The Salisbury Journal earlier reported that staff who had been in the ‘postal area’ of the office at the time the package was opened were kept back by police, while others in the building were allowed to leave.
Staff were also advised to call 111 ‘if they start to experience itching or feel unwell’ in coming hours, it reported.
South Western Ambulance Service earlier confirmed to MirrorOnline that it had sent three rapid response vehicles to the scene – along with three ambulances.
It said it received a call at 10.38am – and had treated seven patients at the scene.
Nobody has been taken to hospital at present, it added.
Wiltshire Police also earlier confirmed that it was dealing with a suspect package in Salisbury city centre.
Police said they had been called at around 10.15am to a suspicious package inside an undisclosed address.
Soon after a cordon went up in the city’s Milford Street – which is only several minutes walk from where Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter collapsed from nerve agent poisoning in March.
The police stressed they "do NOT believe this is linked to the Salisbury poisonings".
However they advised people to avoid the city centre – and nearby buildings were evacuated.
The police were assisted by colleagues at the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.
MirrorOnline has attempted to contact Diligenta for comment.
At around 1.40pm staff were allowed back inside the premises.
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