Council building evacuated after suspicious package found
Aberdeen Town House was sealed off following the discovery of an 'unknown substance'.
Police evacuated and sealed off a council building following the discovery of a "suspicious package" containing an "unknown substance".
Emergency services locked down Aberdeen Town House after they were alerted on Monday.
Following an investigation, the package was found "not to be harmful".
Chief inspector David Howieson said: "Emergency services are now standing down from the reported incident at Aberdeen Town House.
"A substance was recovered, which has ultimately been found not to be harmful and there is no threat to the public.
"Enquiries will now be carried out into the full circumstances.
"I would like to thank the public for their patience as emergency services responded to this incident."
Police were supported by crews from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
During the incident, the council advised members of the public to stay clear of the area.
Afterwards, a council spokesman said: "Police and emergency services have now stood down and the Town House has been returned to Aberdeen City Council.
"Thankfully the package turned out not to be sinister.
"Business as usual tomorrow."