A BOX in an envelope triggered the evacuation of staff at a business park in Newport, Gwent Police have said.

Businesses in Celtic Springs Park were evacuated on Monday afternoon after a “suspect package” was found in one of the buildings.

A spokeswoman for the force said the package was described as being “a box in an envelope”.

She said: “All calls are triaged based on the information provided.

“It’s always our main priority to minimise risk to the public and, in this instance, it was considered that a multi-agency response was required in order to complete an initial assessment of the potential threat.

“Thankfully, the package posed no threat.”

Around 1,500 people from SSCL, Welsh Water, Holiday Inn Express Newport and other companies were asked to vacate from their buildings for around two hours while the incident was investigated on Monday afternoon. Children from Teddie’s Nursery were also evacuated.

At the time, a spokeswoman for South Wales Fire and Rescue service said that crews attended the incident at Celtic Springs, in Coedkernew, after the initial call came in at 1.41pm.

She said: “We had four appliances on site and persons have been evacuated – and accounted for. There was a cordon in place and Gwent Police, as well as police dogs who undertook searches of the area.”

People were waiting for several hours while the Bomb Squad examined the “suspicious package” which turned out to be a false alarm.

Gwent Police inspector Ryan Francis said: “It was an innocent item that was found which posed no danger. It was found in the post and when investigated was found to be safe.”