Scottish parliament increases security, says no indication of threat to Scotland

Armed police following major incidents outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain, on March 22, 2017.
Armed police following major incidents outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain, on March 22, 2017.PHOTO: EPA
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaking in the chamber on the first day of the 'Scotland's Choice' debate at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaking in the chamber on the first day of the 'Scotland's Choice' debate at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.PHOTO: AFP

EDINBURGH (REUTERS) – Scotland’s devolved parliament will increase security measures with immediate effect following Wednesday’s (March 22) attack on Britain’s parliament at Westminster in London. 

“While there is no intelligence to suggest there is a specific threat to Scotland, Edinburgh or Holyrood (the devolved parliament), we have increased security with immediate effect at the Scottish Parliament as a precaution,” parliament’s chief executive office said in a statement. 

“We are aware of a developing situation at Westminster this afternoon and are monitoring matters very closely,” it added.

A debate on authorising a new referendum on Scottish independence was suspended earlier after Wednesday’s attack, in which a policeman was stabbed, an assailant shot and several people injured. Police say they are treating it as a terrorist incident.