Loans office evacuated in powder alert

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A STUDENT LOANS company office was evacuated after a member of staff opened an envelope and white powder came out, police said.

Emergency services were called to the firm’s offices in Darlington, County Durham, when an employee reported feeling unwell.

Durham Police said the staff member was “recovering well” following medical treatment at the scene.

The suspect powder was found in an A4 envelope at the company’s offices in McMullen Road.

“When opened by a member of staff, white powder emerged,” a Durham Police spokeswoman said.

“A member of staff then reported feeling unwell.

“The premises have been evacuated as a precaution while an investigation is carried out into the origin of the envelope and the nature of the substance.

“The member of staff is recovering well after medical treatment at the scene.

“The premises will remain closed until the incident is resolved.”

Assistant Chief Constable Michael Banks said: “This incident is under control and I must reassure people that we are not aware at this stage of any risk to the wider public.”

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