Anthrax fear victim tells of her ordeal

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AN office worker has told a jury how she was given antibiotics after coming into contact with a substance which was thought to be anthrax.

Beverley Burness, 56, said she was exposed to herbal matter from a letter delivered to the Evening News office in October 2001. The court heard that police were called to Holyrood after a man delivered an ­envelope to the premises.

Miss Burness told the court how the word “B.O.M.B” had been written on the envelope and she also thought that it may have also contained the expression “Brotherhood of Muslim”.

The court heard how Miss Burness and other members of staff were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and given medication because it was feared that the substance could be anthrax.

But despite being given medicine, Miss Burness, who was Scotsman Publications’ operations director, didn’t think the herbal matter was toxic.

She was giving evidence on the first day of the trial of 54-year-old Noor Mohammed, of Greenend Gardens, who has pleaded not guilty to two breach of the peace charges. The trial continues on Monday.