‘Die slowly’ note in

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Staff were put on lock­down af­ter white pow­der and a threat­en­ing note were sent to a credit card call cen­tre in Chatham.

The sus­pi­cious pack­age, which was posted to the Van­quis Bank con­tact cen­tre in Chatham Mar­itime, was opened by mail room staff who im­me­di­ately called the emer­gency ser­vices on Mon­day.

The note re­port­edly said staff should “die slowly”.

Around 700 em­ploy­ees at the call cen­tre, which is in Pem­broke Court, on the Uni­ver­si­ties of Med­way cam­pus, were put on lock­down and had to stay at their desks un­til the mat­ter was dealt with.

How­ever, af­ter po­lice and fire­fight­ers were sent to the scene, it was quickly es­tab­lished the pow­der was not harm­ful.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said: “My friend works there and told me

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