Suspicious package in Glasgow linked to dissident letter bomb campaign in London

The crude devices were understood to be similar to those sent to army recruitment offices in January 2014, prompting concern of a fresh campaign by the dissident group, the New IRA. A suspicious package delivered to the University of Glasgow is the fourth in a series letter bombs believed to have been sent by the Real IRA, police confirmed tonight.Police Scotland revealed that the package delivered on Wednesday is now being linked to the investigation being carried out by Metropolitan Police into three small devices sent to addresses in London on Tuesday.Students at Glasgow University had to be evacuated when staff became concerned following the receipt of a parcel. Specialist officers carried out a controlled explosion on the package in Glasgow and Police Scotland confirmed they were liaising with counter terrorism colleagues based in London.On Tuesday three incendiary devices were sent to Heathrow Airport, City Airport and Waterloo railway station from the Republic of Ireland.Assistant chief constable Steve Johnson, of Police Scotland, said: “There are similarities in the package, its marking and the type of device that was recovered in Glasgow to those in London. “Therefore we are now treating it as being linked to the three packages being investigated by the Met in London and both investigations are being run in tandem”.  Two men, aged 35 and 46, and two women aged 44, and 21, all from Londonderry, were arrested in connection with that alleged plot five years ago, but nobody was ever charged.The dissident Republican group, which split from the Real IRA in 2012, has been stepping up its activities in recent months.Nobody was hurt in the latest round of incidents, but the device sent to Heathrow Airport did detonate and burst into flames when it was opened.Security sources said the packages had not been designed to kill or maim, but could have caused injury to anyone handling them. He said: “While this was not the most sophisticated device, someone had put together a viable incendiary device that has managed to remain viable through the international post and then ignite when it was opened, which is exactly what it was designed to do.”Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, the senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said there was still no clear motivation behind the incidents.He said: “We are talking to our Irish counterparts but at the moment there’s nothing to indicate motivation of the sender or ideology, so I cannot confirm at the moment if it’s connected to any Ireland-related terrorist groups.”Police have also warned there could be more parcels and urged vigilance for those handling mail.Commander Clarke Jarrett, head of the Met’s Police Counter Terrorism Command, said: “We have issued extensive advice to transport hubs and mail sorting companies to be vigilant for and report suspicious packages to police, as always we encourage anyone who sees something suspicious to report it.” The parcels were received by three transport hubs across London Tensions have been rising in Northern Ireland in recent months over continuing uncertainty over the future of the border after Brexit.Philip Ingram, a former senior intelligence and security officer, said despite the crude nature of the devices, the seriousness of the matter should not be underestimated. Glasgow university was cordoned off by police after a suspicious package was received Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Glasgow university was cordoned off by police after a suspicious package was received Counter-terror police in the Irish Republic confirmed they were assisting Scotland Yard with the investigation after it emerged the parcels each bore Irish Republic stamps and even had Dublin addresses marked on the envelopes.The stamps appeared to have been issued by the Irish postal service for Valentine’s Day 2018, featuring a heart motif and the words “Love Eire N”.The senders’ addresses were given as Dublin, with the one addressed to Waterloo appearing to add the transport company, Bus Eireann.While no group had claimed responsibility for the devices, sources said they bore the hallmarks of packages sent by the New IRA. The parcels were received by three transport hubs across London read more

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The mining equipment technology and services sector Australias quiet achiever

first_imgSid Marris, Director – Industry Policy, Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) notes “Australia’s resources boom has sparked a quiet revolution in Mining Equipment, Technology and Services with the METS sector now valued at more than A$71 billion a new paper shows. A public policy monograph by Don Scott-Kemmis, an innovation management and policy consultant and Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, shows that the rise of Australia’s METS sector has been an untold success story from the wider mining boom.”“With sales exceeding A$71 billion in 2012 and total employment estimated at around 265,000 people, the rise of the METS sector has multiplied and diversified the benefits Australia derives from its natural resource endowment. Export revenues from the sector substantially exceed those of the wine industry and, on some measures, the automotive industry,” Professor Scott-Kemmis says.“METS sector exports exceed A$12 billion and offshore sales (including exports and offshore business) make up over a third of the METS sector’s income, making it one of the most internationalised Australian sectors.”The development and growth of a home-grown METS sector has helped spread the benefits of the mining boom across Australia and particularly to the domestic the manufacturing industry.Many of Australia’s thriving METS companies are based in larger cities and towns; creating thousands of jobs in manufacturing and service industries. METS companies are also providing a significant boost to Government revenues outside the direct and significant taxation contribution from commodity exporters.“Surveys indicate that Australia’s METS sector has grown roughly five-fold over the past 15 years so that today there are well over 270 firms, many leaders in their niche. Driven by the expansion of mining investment and production both within and outside Australia, the sector has achieved a remarkable level of internationalisation, with the majority of firms having offshore offices or subsidiaries,” Scott-Kemmis says.The scale and importance of Australia’s METS sector also puts to rest the notion held by some in Australia that mining is a low-tech enterprise. As Scott-Kemmis says: “The wider constellation of mining-related research and innovation organisations, and the links between them, have been characterised as a “dynamic minerals innovation complex”. This is an area of international strength in the national innovation system, not well recognised due to perceptions of mining as a ‘commodity’ industry.”Professor Scott-Kemmis’ monograph titled How about those METS? Leveraging Australia’s mining equipment, technology and services sector is available at read more

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