Bomb disposal squads have rushed to the headquarters of the Scottish Government in Edinburgh following the discovery of a suspicious package.

Police taped off the building on the capital’s Regent Road - which houses around 1,400 civil servants - at around 2:30pm on Wednesday afternoon as staff were evacuated.

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Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams were scrambled to the scene to deal with the issue, but many staff were not allowed to return to work.

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Images show police and army experts on the scene into Wednesday evening.

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A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers in Edinburgh are currently in attendance at St Andrew’s House on Regent Road, following the discovery of a suspicious package, and are being supported by the EOD.”

“Enquiries are ongoing and there is currently not thought to be any threat to the wider community.”