Flats in Ballater evacuated as wartime device removed

A device that prompted the evacuation of a block of flats in Ballater has been safely removed from the site.

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad attended the incident in Ballater. Picture: Neil Hanna

Police were called to the Braichlie Road area of the Aberdeenshire village at around 11am on Monday after what they described as an “unexploded device” was found in a property.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad was also sent to the incident, which led to the evacuation of the four flats in the building.

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The object turned out to be a deactivated Second World War device that posed no threat to public safety, officers said.

Inspector Megan Heathershaw, of Police Scotland, said: “Following a review, we can confirm that the item was a deactivated device from WW2 which has no explosive capability. It has been safely removed from the site. Once again I would stress that there was no threat to the public at any stage.

“Thank-you also to those members of the public who were affected while inquiries were carried out this afternoon. Your patience has been much appreciated.”