Thursday 19 October 2017

Police intercept new suspect package sent to Lennon

Karl Mansfield

Police investigating parcel bombs sent to Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Lennon last night said another suspect package had been intercepted in the North.

Officers are still looking for whoever was responsible for sending parcel bombs to Lennon and the two high-profile supporters.

The packages were designed to cause serious harm to the recipient, police said.

The latest package -- believed to be a parcel bomb -- was found at the National Return Letter Centre in Belfast, where mail which has not been delivered and has no return to sender address is retained by Royal Mail.

It is the fifth package to be intercepted.

Scottish police believe the package originally entered the postal system at around the same time as the devices that are already under investigation.

PSNI officers recovered the package and alerted the Scottish force.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police in Glasgow said the latest find would be made safe and handed over to officers in Scotland for further investigation. It is understood the latest package was not addressed to a particular individual.

Chief Superintendent Ruaraidh Nicolson said: "This latest discovery will become part of the ongoing investigation. We'd like to stress that there is still no intelligence to suggest that these packages pose a threat to the wider public and we would urge people to remain calm.

"The person or people sending these packages are clearly determined to cause fear and alarm to the individuals or organisations concerned.

"This is an utterly despicable crime, committed by an individual or individuals who are prepared to put people in harm's way simply to attract attention to their callous and cowardly actions.

"We are grateful to Royal Mail for their continued vigilance and co-operation and would stress that workers have been given the appropriate safety advice."

The PSNI said it was alerted after the package was found at a postal sorting office in Belfast which handles returned mail from around the UK.

The item, found on April 12 at the National Return Letter Centre, had been returned undelivered from an address in Scotland. It is understood the parcel did not originate in the North.

Army bomb experts had now confirmed it was "similar in nature" to the packages being investigated by Strathclyde police.

Last week, Strathclyde Police said the two packages sent to Lennon, and others to his lawyer Paul McBride and former Member of Scottish Parliament Trish Godman, were "designed to cause real harm to the person who opened them".

Irish Independent

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