Suspicious package probed at UK parliament

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: A Union Jack flag flutters in front of the Elizabeth Tower, commonly known as Big Ben on February 1, 2017 in London, England. The European Union (notification of withdrawal) bill that will trigger article 50 is being debated by MPs over two days. The vote will take place on tomorrow evening. Labour MPs are subject to a three-line whip after Jeremy Corbyn urged his party to vote for Article 50. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
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Two people were taken to hospital as a precaution as detectives investigated a suspect package at Britain's parliament, police said in a statement.

"Specialist officers are in attendance and the package is being assessed," the statement said on Monday (local time).

"London Ambulance Service attended and two people, a man and a woman, have been taken to hospital as a precaution."

A spokeswoman for the parliament added: "We are aware of a potential situation involving a suspicious substance which the Met Police are investigating.

"There has been no evacuation, but the affected area has been cordoned off."

Last month, police investigated white powder sent to an office in parliament, which was later found to be harmless.