Police and SCDF called in after suspicious letter sent to Straits Times newsroom


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  • Friday, 2 Nov 2018

Police and Singapore Civil Defence Force officers investigate a suspicious letter at the newsroom of The Straits Times in Toa Payoh, on Nov 2, 2018.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Police and Singapore Civil Defence Force officers investigate a suspicious letter at the newsroom of The Straits Times in Toa Payoh, on Nov 2, 2018.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - (The Straits Times) The police and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were called in to the newsroom of The Straits Times on Friday afternoon (Nov 2), after a suspicious letter was received.

Three staff members said they felt dizzy after coming into contact with the letter, which was sent from abroad.

Security officers at the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) News Centre in Toa Payoh, where the newsroom is located, reported it to the police, who then alerted the SCDF.

Mr Warren Fernandez, editor of the paper, said: "A suspicious package was delivered to the ST newsroom. It was reported to the police and the SCDF is investigating."

An SCDF spokesman said it was alerted to a suspicious envelope in an office at 1000 Toa Payoh North.

Upon arrival, SCDF officers cordoned off the area and secured the envelop within a sealed container.

Several tests were then conducted on the envelope by SCDF’s HazMat Specialists and no harmful substances were detected.

“The office where the envelop was opened and nearby areas were decontaminated as a precautionary measure,” added the spokesman.

“Three staff members who had opened the envelope were assessed by a SCDF paramedic and were found to be well.”

As a precautionary measure they were instructed to shower and change their clothing.

The envelop and its contents have been handed over to the police. - The Straits Times