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Braintree: Four businesses receive letters containing white powder
Four businesses in Braintree town centre received suspicious letters containing white powder today.
The businesses reported receiving the letters between 9.30am and 11.30am and police closed the buildings while specialist officers investigate.
Enquiries are ongoing to establish whether the powder is connected to a harmless substance received in 11 previous incidents at Braintree, Chelmsford and Stansted since September 26.
None of the previous recipients suffered any ill effects but some were understandably upset and anxious by the circumstances.
A police spokesman said: "We want to emphasise that all the letters to date have been harmless.
"However, if anyone receives an envelope that they feel is suspicious, then they should contact police immediately.
"Any item found to contain white powder or other substance that they are unsure of, should be left in situ, with doors and windows shut and any fans or air-conditioning switched off.
"Anyone who has had contact with the white powder should be isolated until police attend and are able to provide reassurance."
Anyone with information regarding these incidents should contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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