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COBR meeting on suspicious packages

The Prime Minister David Cameron chaired a meeting of the emergencies committee about suspicious packages in south east England

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A No10 spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister chaired a COBR meeting this afternoon to discuss the suspicious packages that have been found at Armed Forces Careers offices in south east England.

Seven suspect packages have been identified as containing small, crude, but potentially viable devices bearing the hallmarks of Northern Ireland related terrorism. These have now been safely dealt with by the police and bomb disposal units. Guidance has been issued to staff at all military establishments and Royal Mail asking them to be extra vigilant and to look out for any suspect packages and the screening procedures for mail to Armed Forces Careers offices is being reviewed.

The national threat level remains under constant review.

What is COBR?

The aim of COBR is to provide effective decision-making and rapid coordination of the central government response to incidents, drawing on the resources of other government departments, including the security and intelligence agencies, the police and other relevant organisations.

Published 13 February 2014