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Royal Mail sorting office placed on lockdown following discovery of 'suspicious substance'

10 Nov 2017, 15:50 ... d-13885699

Royal Mail sorting office placed on lockdown following discovery of 'suspicious package'

A Royal Mail sorting office was placed in lockdown for more than three hours following the discovery of a suspicious substance.

Police and ambulance were called to the main office in Wolverhampton, just after 8.50am, after the unknown substance spilled from a letter and came in contact with a worker.

Staff were evacuated while the woman who handled the letter was assessed by paramedics. She was later discharged at the scene.

Police investigated the incident and staff were allowed to return to work just after midday.

Royal Mail spokesperson Henry Perry said: “Following a suspicious spillage from a letter, emergency services were called to our Wolverhampton Mail Centre in order to ensure the safety of our staff.

“Police have investigated the incident and have now given the all-clear. Staff have returned to the building and resumed work.

“There has been no impact on our operations.”

One ambulance, three paramedic officers and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team attended the scene after receiving a 999 call just after 8.55am.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We assessed one patient, a woman who had come into contact with the package, who was discharged at the scene.”

The office is open from 6.30am to 7.30pm.

West Midlands Police said:Police attended the Royal Mail delivery office in Sun Street, Wolverhampton this morning (Friday 10 November) following a report of a suspicious package. Initial analysis suggests that the substance is a prescription drug."

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