Streets in Aberdeen’s city centre were closed for a short while today as police investigated “unattended bags”.
Staff at the Bon Accord Centre alerted the police after the items were spotted near to its George Street entrance.
A cordon was put up by police blocking pedestrians from George Street and Crooked Lane at around 3.20pm.
Officers used a sniffer dog to determine whether the bag posed a threat to the public.
A police spokeswoman said later the owner of the bags was traced and the roads were re-opened.
A force spokeswoman said: “Following a report of unattended bags on George Street in Aberdeen this afternoon we can confirm that the bags have since been assessed and recovered.
There was nothing of concern within the bags and the bag owner has been traced and is assisting police with enquiries.
The cordon previously set up has now been stood down and the city centre has returned to normality.
The public are thanked for their patience whilst this matter was dealt with and we would remind people not to leave unattended bags in public areas.”