Tonbridge MP's office evacuated after powder found in suspect package
By kentsussex | Friday, September 21, 2012, 14:13
The consituency office of Tonbridge Tory MP Sir John Stanley was evacuated today after staff opened an envelope containing a mysterious substance.
A worker at the West Malling office discovered powder stuffed inside a copy of Conservative candidate for the Kent police chief election Craig Mackinlay's manifesto at about midday.
Staff phoned Kent Police - and were told to leave the High Street building because of the suspect package.
Police and fire crews were sent to the scene, which was taped off. But firefighters tested the item and it turned out to be sand.
Martin Apps told Kent Online: "The High Street is full of activity, with fire engines and police cars. Mr Mackinlay and his staff are outside the building giving details to the police officers.
"There are three police cars, a fire engine and a command unit. Despite the drama, everyone's staying calm."
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