A 12-year-old boy has been charged after threats were allegedly made to two businesses in a north-east town.
Officers searched Peterhead’s B&Q and Home Bargains stores after staff allegedly received threatening calls.
The incident, which took place at around 8pm on Friday June 1, was eventually determined to be a hoax
Officers carried out extensive searches of both retailers – in Balmoor Retail Park and Buchan Way – and established that there was no threat to the public.
At the time Inspector Kevin Goldie said: “We take any reports made to us very seriously but I would like to reassure the public that there does not appear to be any credible threat at this time.
“As a precaution, officers will be conducting searches at B&Q and Home Bargains in Peterhead and inquiries into the matter are ongoing.
“I’d like to thank the public for their patience while we carry out these searches.”
Police said the 12-year-old boy has been charged in connection with both incidents and will be reported to the Youth Justice Management Unit.
Sergeant Alex Carle, from the Buchan community policing team, said: “At no time was there any credible threat to the public but we have to take incidents of this nature seriously when they are reported to us.
“Thank you to staff at both premises and the public for their patience and support during the initial response and subsequent investigation.”