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Fake nun set for sentence over white powder envelopes

A woman who told police she was a nun will be sentenced today for sending envelopes containing white powder to parliamentary figures including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

The letters were intercepted at a mail screening centre and the powder was found to be non-hazardous.

The 71-year-old woman, who is known as Sister Ruth Augustus, was found guilty of six counts of hoaxes involving noxious substances in July.

She was released on bail to the Old Bailey today on condition she does not contact any MP or senior Government official except through her solicitor.

Augustus, of Leyton, east London, accepted that she sent envelopes with letters in them but claimed police put the white powder in them.

Mark Kimsey, prosecuting, said three envelopes were intercepted at a mail screening centre in east London on June 17, last year.