Police launched a manhunt in a north-east town after a man was assaulted.
Officers swooped on King Street in Peterhead in large numbers after reports of the attack were received at around 4.30pm.
Several police vehicles attended the scene, close to the junction with Ugie Street, along with ambulance crews.
Bystanders reported seeing officers searching their gardens, with dog units called in to assist.
An area of the road was cordoned off while they investigated.
But despite the heavy police presence, a spokeswoman said the victim had not been injured seriously enough to be taken to hospital.
She added that officers were unsure whether one person or two men were behind the attack.
The spokeswoman said: “Police were called to King Street to reports of a disturbance at around 4.30pm.
“A man was assaulted and did require medical assistance, but did not go to hospital.
“It is not yet clear if we are looking for one man or two in connection.
“A Ministry of Defence dog team attended the scene.”
Nearby residents said the exact nature of the incident remained shrouded in mystery.
One said: “Rumours are rife but nobody is any the wiser as to what is going on.
“I’m sure if it were something serious we would haven been told.
“Nobody seems to be sure of what is going on.”
Another added: “They are obviously looking for someone or something.”
Police said inquiries were ongoing.