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.


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.”