A 'SUSPICIOUS package' found in a Selkirk property has been disposed of in a "controlled explosion" by police.

Residents in Kirk Wynd who were evacuated during a police investigation into the "suspicious package" are now allowed to return home.

Around five hours after residents were first evacuated, police have shared that a suspicious package which was reported at around 3.20pm today (Wednesday, April 10) was destroyed in a controlled explosion.

Police have confirmed that there were no injuries during the incident.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "The cordon has now been lifted around Kirk Wynd, Selkirk and residents are returning to their homes following the earlier discovery of a suspicious package.

"EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) attended and a controlled explosion was carried out. There were no injuries. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

"We’d like to thank the public for their patience while investigations were carried out and reassure them there is no wider risk."

While police and a bomb squad attended the scene in Selkirk earlier this afternoon, residents in properties on Castle Street, South Port, Back Row and surrounding areas were asked to seek safety and warmth elsewhere, and a rest centre was set up in the Victoria Hall.

Residents who made their way to the Victoria Hall were made comfortable and served teas and coffees.