'Suspicious package' at British Consulate in Melbourne

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said Australian Federal Police are “dealing” with a report of a suspicious package at the British Consulate General in Melbourne.

Similar parcels have reportedly been delivered to consulates and embassies of the United States, Germany, India, New Zealand, Korea and Switzerland.

Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) has sent vans to reports of “hazardous material” at 16 sites, according to the Vic Emergency website.

A spokeswoman for the service said: “We are assisting the Australian Federal Police right now with a number of incidents across Melbourne.

“We are assisting at a number of embassies across Melbourne.”

Paramedics and firefighters wearing hazmat suits were seen entering the Korean embassy, while fire engines were seen outside several consulates.

The foreign consulates are based mainly in St Kilda Road and the city centre.

A spokeswoman for the British Consulate said: “We are liaising closely with the AFP (Australian Federal
Police) and the local authorities regarding the situation.

“All our staff are safe and accounted for.”

A spokeswoman for the Australian Federal Police said: “Police and emergency services have responded to suspicious packages delivered to embassies and consulates in Melbourne today.

“The packages are being examined by attending emergency services.

“The circumstances surrounding these incidents are being investigated.”

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