Police speak to owner of bag that sparked alert

We are happy there was no deliberate or malicious motive and this nothing more than an irresponsible act by the person involved.

He has been advised of his actions, which following a review of all information available to us, does not amount to a criminal act.

We took the precautionary steps we did because at the time we did not know what was in the bag or why it had been left.

Clearly this incident brought significant disruption to the city centre and I would like to reiterate to the public the importance of keeping your belongings on you and safe at all times.

– Detective Inspector Mark Toothill

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