Police investigate after reports that “suspicious package” is delivered to Canning Town business

Three people, including a woman from Ilford, were arrested on suspicion of funding terrorism

Three people, including a woman from Ilford, were arrested on suspicion of funding terrorism - Credit: Archant

Counter terrorism officers are investigating after letters containing white powder were delivered to a Newham business and several London mosques.

Police were called at about 9.35am yesterday after reports a “suspicious package” had been sent to a business on Bidders Street, near the A13 flyover in Canning Town.

A Met Police spokesman said: “The contents of the package were examined and found to be not noxious or suspicious.

“There were no reports of any injuries or illnesses.”

The building received the package on the same day that the Metropolitan Police were called to mosques and Islamic centres in Tottenham, Leyton and Finsbury Park after concerns about the mystery packets.


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Muslim Labour peer, Lord Ahmed, also received an envelope containing powder. None of the contents were found to be noxious.

A worshipper in Tottenham said the package sent to to Masjid Ayesha mosque had a crossed-out drawing of a mosque, an offensive term, and the word “filth” on it.

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Metropolitan Police said the investigation was being dealt with by a counter terror unit in the North East of England.

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