A bomb disposal team was sent to the headquarters of the Scottish Government after a suspicious package was found.

Officers shut off Regent Road in Edinburgh after the discovery was made at St Andrew's House on Wednesday afternoon while staff members were evacuated.

Superintendent Mark Rennie, of Police Scotland, said: "'Police were called to St Andrew's House in Edinburgh after a suspicious item was found within the building.

"As a precautionary measure, in accordance with procedures, staff were evacuated from the building and a cordon implemented.

"Following examination of the item by EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) it was confirmed that the item posed no threat to the public and was innocent in nature."

It is the second time that bomb disposal teams have been called in the area in as many days.

Holyrood Road was completely shut off just before 3pm on Tuesday, after a suspicious device was reportedly found on Gullan's Close, close to the Holyrood 9A bar.

An army bomb disposal team were called to the scene and a robot was seen on the street.

It is understood that the suspicious package was detonated.

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