A number of north-east homes were evacuated today after the discovery of a unexploded device.
Officers were called at 11am after reports of the object in Ballater’s Braichlie Road.
Inspector Megan Heathershaw 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.”