24 August 2001

Anthrax package is given all-clear

A PACKAGE which was claimed to contain anthrax was sent to the London headquarters of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Staff were evacuated from the DEFRA headquarters in Smith Square, Westminster after the package was received last Monday (Aug 20). Thirteen workers were isolated from colleagues amid fears that they could have come into contact with the substance.

In another incident, parts of St Andrews University in Scotland were also evacuated after a similar package was received. Scotland Yard was passed an email threat that four packages would be sent. A London hotel and a national newspaper were threatened by email, but no packages were received.

Tests confirmed that the package received by DEFRA did not contain anthrax and the 13 members of staff were given the all-clear. &#42