Australia cops examine packages left at consulates, including India’s

A Victoria Police forensic officer carries items to be loaded into a trailer outside the Italian consulate in Melbourne

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) says it warned all diplomatic missions in Australia to be on the lookout for suspicious packages prior to yesterday's events in Melbourne, in which a number of consulates received envelopes which appeared to contain asbestos.

Police arrested the 48-year-old man last night at his home in Shepparton, a 100km north east of Melbourne.

The suspect to be produced in a Melbourne court later Thursday morning to face charges of sending unsafe materials through the post.

The suspicious packages sparked a major emergency response and evacuation of seven foreign consulates across Melbourne, with embassies in Canberra also hit.

Police say there is no ongoing threat to the public as they have identified all other recipients of the remaining parcels and have processes in place to seize them.

Police have so far recovered 29 of these packages, with forensic testing to be undertaken on them to determine the exact composition of the material in them.

The packages were not believed to be unsafe, but police, fire crews and forensic teams were urged to use breathing apparatus as they documented and double- or triple-bagged the materials for further testing.

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"At this time we believe the matter is targeted and not impacting the general community", Victorian Police said on Wednesday.

The incident comes just days after emergency services were called to the Argentinian consulate in Sydney's CBD after reports that a suspicious substance was found in a parcel. The powder was deemed not risky by New South Wales police.

At least two consulates in Melbourne did not contact authorities about packages until they received an email from the Australian government.

Staff at New Zealand's consulate were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Greek vice-consul Georgia Botsiou told SBS Greek radio it had received the package on Friday afternoon.

The arrest came after around 10 diplomatic missions, mostly in Melbourne, on Wednesday reported the delivery of suspicious packages, some of them labelled "asbestos".

"Similar advice was subsequently provided to consulates around Australia".

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