Queen's Scotland palace item sparks arrest

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A man is under arrest after a suspicious item was found at the Queen's official residence in Scotland, police say.

Officers were called to the scene at the palace of Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh, about 8.50pm on Tuesday after receiving reports of a suspicious item being found, a police spokesperson said.

Bomb disposal units were called and a squad examined the item before "making it safe".

Police Scotland has not explained what the item was or if it was a bomb.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said in a statement: "A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident. There was no threat to the public and enquiries are ongoing into the full circumstances."

It was not clear when the arrest was made.

Recently, the Queen and her husband Prince Philip have been spending time at Windsor Castle, in England, while the country is slowly easing out of lockdown.

While the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen's official residence in Scotland, she often spends time at her private home of Balmoral Castle, 120 kilometres north of the palace.