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Area reports spree of postal incidents

POLICE are advising people not to panic if they do find a suspicious package or letter but to contact them.

POLICE are advising people not to panic if they do find a suspicious package or letter but to contact them.

A Cheshire Police spokesman said: 'There have been at least two suspect packages in the county that we know about, the one at the Chronicle office and one at premises in Chester.

'Obviously, people are quite worried in the current climate and if they are not happy that something looks right and they have genuine concerns, they should leave the package where it is and contact us.

'More often than not an experienced officer will be able to tell whether it needs further attention. If that should be the case, the officer will contact the appropriate authorities.'

* ALARM bells were also ringing in Chester and Liverpool yesterday morning.

A suspicious package arrived at the Countess of Chester Hospital. Office staff were wary of the contents of the item and called the police immediately after receiving the item at about 10.20am.

Cheshire Constabulary spokeswoman Jacqui Hanson would not reveal what the envelope contained, only saying the item had been detained in a secure area away from other clinical areas of the hospital.

She added: 'I don't think this is going to be anything to worry about.'

And postal workers in Liverpool found a suspect package which was leaking white powder.

Mail delivery in Liverpool ground to a halt as police and fire crews, along with a chemical incident unit, evacuated around 400 staff from Copperas Hill main sorting office after it was found just before 7am.

The surrounding area was also evacuated, with people being ordered away from Russell Street and Brownlow Hill, while public health experts examined the package.

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Tonge of Merseyside Police said: 'We are treating this matter cautiously in the light of events on and following September 11.

'Public safety is our paramount concern and swift action was taken this morning to ensure there was no risk to the public.

'Until the substance found inside the package has been identified, we will continue to treat the incident with due caution.


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