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Police launch security alert in Winchester city centre
12:20pm Thursday 25th April 2013 in News
A Hampshire business has been evacuated after receiving a suspicious a substance in the post today.
Staff at Penfold and Macpherson solicitors in Winchester were told to leave by police this morning after a letter containing a suspicious substance was opened.
Emergency services were quickly on the scene in St Clement Street, closing of Southgate Street, which is a major route into the city.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue's specialist HAZMAT team were also dispatched to the scene shortly after the call at 10.30am and officers wearing breathing apparatus entered the building to recover the substance for testing.
But by 12.45pm police confirmed the substance posed no threat.
The cordon remains but the emergency services are now leaving the scene.
Chief Inspector Sharon Woolrich confirmed the substance was no threat to human life.
She said: “There was a package sent to solicitors Penfold and Macpherson but it is not suspicious any longer and there is no danger but we will be making further inquiries.”
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