'Suspicious package' found in Aberdeen declared safe by bomb disposal team

TRAVEL was disrupted in Aberdeen this morning after police were alerted to a 'suspicious package' found near the train station.

Army explosives experts from Edinburgh travelled to the city to examine the package, which was found on the Guild Street bridge near the station, and later declared it safe.

Grampian Police were alerted to the threat after a member of the public contacted the force just after 6am.

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Chief Inspector George MacDonald, who led the police operation, said: "Our first duty is to protect the public and we took appropriate steps to ensure public safety. The package has now been examined by Army experts and there was no danger to the public."

He added: "We are continuing our investigations into how this package was placed on the bridge. The public should be reassured that we will carry out a thorough enquiry to trace those responsible.

"We appreciate this incident has caused disruption to the public and we would like to thank them for their cooperation.

"But we are sure that people understand that we took appropriate and proportionate action to ensure their safety.

"We are keen to talk to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Guild Street area during the early hours of this morning (Thursday 21 January) or have any other information which could assist our enquiry."

Streets surrounding Guild Street are now open, although Guild Street itself remains closed while officers continue an examination of the area.

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