Police respond as 'suspicious package' sent to British consulate in Melbourne

Staff have been evacuated as emergency crews respond to a number of incidents involving foreign consulates in Melbourne. AAP Image  Kaitlyn Offer

Staff have been evacuated as emergency crews respond to a number of incidents involving foreign consulates in Melbourne. AAP Image Kaitlyn Offer

Australian police were investigating the delivery of suspicious packages sent to foreign embassies and consulates in Melbourne and Canberra, including the Turkish consulate, police and diplomatic sources said on January 9.

The Israeli embassy in Canberra has confirmed it also received a suspicious package.

A spokeswoman said: "As this matter is subject to further inquiries, it is not appropriate to provide further information that may impact on the investigation".

Melbourne's Metropolitan Fire Brigade said it had been called to "a number of incidents" across the city.

Staff were initially evacuated from some of the affected buildings, which were placed on temporary lock down, but were allowed to return later on Wednesday afternoon. The husband of the Swiss honorary consul in Melbourne told the Australia Post a similar story.

On Monday, the authorities removed a suspicious package from the Argentine consulate in Sydney which was later found to be non-toxic.

On lockdown reportedly were Korean, Greek, Italian, Pakistani and Egyptian consulates.

Firefighters and Ambulance Victoria paramedics were attending the Indian Consulate and US Consulate on St Kilda Road.

A British High Commission spokesperson said it had been one of facilities targeted, but "all our staff are safe and accounted for". "The circumstances are being investigated".

Australian police were investigating suspicious packages sent to more than a dozen foreign embassies and consulates in Melbourne and Canberra Wednesday, part of a seemingly orchestrated but scattershot campaign.

"The Australian Federal Police and Melbourne Fire Department are investigating".

All of the incidents that matched the addresses of consulates in Melbourne were declared under control.

"Police and emergency services have responded to suspicious packages to embassies and consulates..."

VicEmergency says they are responding to hazardous material reports at Bourke St, Market St, Middleton Lane, Albert Rd, Queens Rd and St Kilda Rd.

The official said she was told by the authorities to wash her hands.

US Consulate General Melbourne; 7.

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