Experts give all-clear after 'suspicious package' found near Angela Merkel's office

Experts give all-clear after 'suspicious package' found near  Angela Merkel's office

Update 10.45am: Experts called in to examine a suspicious package outside German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in Berlin have given the all-clear.

Ministers had carried on with their regular meeting after police cordoned off an area around the Chancellery.

Earlier: The Berlin office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been sealed off due to a suspicious package, Reuters has reported.

A police spokesman, Thorsten Peters, told Reuters: "We are investigating a suspicious package.

"The package was discovered during a routine security check at the entrance of the Chancellery.".

An eyewitness said there are four plastic yellow postal crates in the cordoned-off area.

It is not known if Ms Merkel is in the building, but it has not been evacuated and the Chancellor is due to lead a regular Cabinet meeting this morning.

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